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Couple Sues Eataly Boston After Woman Slips on Prosciutto, Fractures Ankle and Claims 'Great Pain and Suffering' The incident occurred on October 7, 2022, when the plaintiff approached an area within Eataly that was offering food samples.

By Madeline Garfinkle Edited by Jessica Thomas

Key Takeaways

  • According to the complaint, the plantiff slipped and fell on the piece of prosciutto on the floor, resulting in the ankle injury.
  • Court documents state that medical expenses exceeded $7,500.
  • The couple is seeking damages amounting $50,000.
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When left unattended, cured meat can be a hazard.

A woman is suing Eataly Boston claiming that she slipped on a piece of stray prosciutto at the specialty grocer and fractured her ankle.

The incident took place on October 7, 2022, when Alice Cohen, a New Hampshire resident, approached an area within Eataly offering food samples. She ultimately fell on the Italian meat left on the floor, according to the lawsuit submitted to the Suffolk County Superior Court in Massachusetts by Cohen and her husband Ronald Cohen on Friday.

Eataly, the Italian supermarket chain, has 40 locations worldwide, with eight in the U.S. The Boston location, spanning 45,000 square feet, has been open since 2016.

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The lawsuit claims that Eataly was negligent for "failing to ensure that the floor was safe," not preventing such hazards for patrons, and "failing to warn" customers of the "dangerous condition."

Cohen's medical expenses linked to the injury exceeded $7,500 including hospitalization, medical practitioner fees and expenses incurred for physical therapy, according to the suit. The couple is seeking damages amounting to $50,000 due to the injury, which the complaint states has led to a "loss of enjoyment of life, and experiencing great pain and suffering."

This isn't the first time Eataly has faced legal action from patrons. In 2015, a wheelchair-bound man from Long Island sued the company in a Manhattan federal lawsuit for allegedly discriminating against handicapped individuals, stating that he was unable to access the grocer's sales counters or use the bathroom.

Entrepreneur has reached out to Eataly for comment.

Madeline Garfinkle

News Writer

Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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