Man sues McDonald's for alleged dental injury caused by McNuggets

September 25, 2020

A man has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s after he allegedly found an unwelcome surprise in his chicken McNuggets.

In the lawsuit filed in federal court on September 14, Alexei Stolfat from Palm Beach Florida claims he ordered from the fast food franchise on May 25 via Uber Eats and suffered a dental injury.

The documents, obtained by TODAY, detail that when he started eating the nuggets, he bit down on something hard before describing a feeling of “unbearable jaw pain.”

Stolfat allegedly pulled out a bone about 0.8 inches long. The complaint features pictures of the nugget in question.

The lawsuit states that McNuggets should not contain bone or bone particles and refers to the McDonald's website, which claims they are made from “White Boneless Chicken."

In the days that followed, Stolfat said he had a toothache and headache.
On May 29, the documents allege that Stolfat went to a dentist who found “microcracks” in his tooth.

The 39-year-old is seeking a recall of the McNuggets "to avoid massive consumer injuries" along with $1.1 million in damages to cover the expenses from his injury.

He told TODAY Food that since he didn’t have dental insurance or the funds to pay for the procedure, it would take at least six months to replace the tooth.

"I’m not looking to be famous in this case or something like that," he explained. "I want to help other people, to protect them and tell them to be very careful with McNuggets." He said he hopes to donate the money to a charity after paying off his dental expenses and keeping some money for his mental and emotional distress.

McDonald’s addressed the lawsuit in a statement to TODAY, writing: "Providing safe, high quality food is always our top priority, and both our restaurants and our suppliers follow rigorous quality control standards. We take these claims seriously and are looking into this complaint."

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