Olive Garden patron alleges finger was partially amputated by defective bar stool

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A woman alleges her finger was partially amputated by a bar stool at an Olive Garden restaurant.

SAN FRANCISCO – A woman alleges her finger was partially amputated by a bar stool at an Olive Garden restaurant.

Lisa Harpenau filed a complaint on May 15 in the Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco against Darden Restaurants Inc., A.C. Furniture Co. Inc., Walsh & Simmons Seating and Does 1-25 alleging negligence and strict product liability.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 16, 2016, she was a customer at a San Francisco Olive Garden restaurant and was injured while using the bar stool that was manufactured and sold by defendants A.C. Furniture and Walsh Simmons Seating. 

The plaintiff alleges the top portion of her right ring finger was immediately amputated when she grabbed the bottom of the seat to move the stool closer to the bar and her finger became pinned between the seat and the frame of the stool. 

The plaintiff holds Darden Restaurants Inc., A.C. Furniture Co. Inc., Walsh & Simmons Seating and Does 1-25 responsible because the defendants A.C. and Walsh & Simmons allegedly failed their duty to properly design, inspect, guard, protect, and warn users of the bar stool against the defective product.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for general damages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, costs of suit, and such other relief as the court deems proper. She is represented by Elinor Leary and Kimberly A. Wong of The Veen Firm PC in San Francisco.

Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco case number CGC18566582

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