The family of George Torres has filed a wrongful death suit against McDonald's in Sanford, Florida . Torres, a trucker who pumps carbon dioxide into soda fountain tanks, found the store room locked. An 18 year-old McDonald's worker assisted him in improvising a way over a 10 foot wall so that Torres could deliver the gas. Edgar most likely didn't fasten the gas hose correctly. In this tragic case, the CO2 leaked without Edgar being able to open the locked door. He had no way out except jumping over the ten foot wall. The ladder was on the other side. Torres climbed over the wall to save young Edgar but was overcome by the gas as well.
The older Torres died that day, January 8, while the younger Mr. Edgar died a day later.
For a few dollars in America, anyone has the right to sue for any given reason. They may not be successful, but they can sue. It is interesting that nine months later the family of the trucker has decided to file a suit on the huge McDonalds chain and not on any other party. I mean, one would think that the family might sue the small trucking company for hiring someone that would so flagrantly bend safety rules in order to get his delivery in for the day.
There are many benefits of being associated with a goliath of a company. There are disadvantages too. One is that lawyers hope to sue local franchise owners in an attempt to tap into the coffers of the corporation. Notice how the trucker family isn't
Source: Orlando Sentinel