11/29/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Miami, FL—A Hollywood-based physician filed a lawsuit against a restaurant chain, claiming he suffered injuries while dining at a Miami eatery. The doctor alleged artichoke leaves became lodged in his small bowel after waiters failed to instruct him to how to properly eat the plant, according to a Nov. 18 My Fox Tampa Bay report.

Arturo Carvajal went to Houston’s Restaurant in Miami in May 2009 where he decided to try some grilled artichokes. After he ate the artichokes, Carvajal apparently began to feel “severe abdominal pain and discomfort.”

Following his meal at the restaurant, Carvajal underwent an exploratory procedure and discovered that artichoke leaves, which cannot be digested, had become stuck in his small bowel.

Carvajal, who is a doctor with a family practice in Hollywood, subsequently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the restaurant’s parent company, Hillstone Restaurant Group.

The suit claims Houston’s Restaurant and its managers were negligent in their failure to train servers to educate uninformed diners how to properly eat an artichoke.

The pending litigation seeks unspecified compensation for “bodily injury, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, aggravation of pre-existing conditions and medical expenses,” along with other claims.

An attorney representing Dr. Carvajal alleged, “It takes a sophisticated diner to be familiar with the artichoke… People might think that as a doctor, he’d know how to eat one. But he was thinking it was like a food he might have eaten in his native Cuba, where you eat everything on the plate.”

Nonetheless, Hillstone Restaurant Group’s vice president and general counsel, Glenn Viers said it would be “kind of a silly motion” for the restaurant to be required to post artichoke-related warnings.

Viers added, “What’s next? Are we going to have to post warnings on our menu they shouldn’t eat the bones in our barbecue ribs?”

The case is underway.

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