According to Maria Elizarraras, her husband died at 69 years of age as a consequence of deep emotional trauma inflicted on him after being forced to clean a Walgreens bathroom by the store employees. The lawsuit filed by Ms. Elizarraras states that Fernando Elizarraras, her late husband, died from severe emotional distress experienced by the deceased during a trip to a Walgreens store in Orlando, Florida. The incident occurred in 2012, on October 15th.
As the deceased’s wife states, Mr. Elizarraras was stopped by the Walgreens employees on his way out of the store after using the bathroom. Furthermore, Ms. Elizarraras accuses the Walgreens staff of physically abusing and threatening her husband. The plaintiff goes on to say that her husband was not allowed to leave the store for approximately 20 minutes until he had finished cleaning and mopping the restroom. She argues that the incident has left him traumatized, exerting a wide range of negative emotions on the man such as disgrace and humiliation.
As a consequence, the deceased’s family has decided to sue Walgreens saying that the aforementioned course of events ultimately led to Mr. Elizarraras untimely death. However, the legal experts experience difficulties in proving that the Walgreens staff played a part in the man’s death. Mainly because the court papers do not state clearly how much time has passed between Mr. Elizarraras death and the incident in question. Furthermore, no death certificate was filled in Florida so the legal experts are not sure exactly when did Mr. Elizarraras die.
According to a legal analyst, Belvin Perry, this case is a first for him.
“In all my years in the court system, this is new to me”, says Mr. Perry.
He adds that the man’s death resulted from cleaning a bathroom represents an allegation without specificity. Furthermore, according to Mr. Perry, store employees cannot force their customers to clean the bathroom against their will. According to the court papers, the family has been offered a $500,000 settlement. However, the amount of money the Elizarraras family is asking remains undisclosed. Moreover, Walgreens has not yet responded to the lawsuit as of Tuesday, December 6th, 2016.
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