Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Todd Haley is finding himself in the news lately. A few weeks ago, Haley got into a well-publicized argument with Terrell Owens. Last week, a Houston-area attorney filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of Haley, his wife, and their family’s nanny against McDonald’s claiming his wife and the nanny found a dead rat in a salad they took home and ate. They seek $1.7 million in damages.
According to the complaint, Haley’s wife and their nanny ate part of the salad purchased on June 5 at a McDonald’s before they discovered the rat. The women became violently ill and endured “long-lasting” physical injuries.
If these injuries are serious, the rest of the post is moot. But my guess is that the bulk of their claim is the horror of eating a dead rat. It sounds awful to be sure. But is it really an enormous deal? I became a lawyer to help truly hurt people, not people that had a moment of yuck, albeit extreme yuck.