A woman is suing a large supermarket chain for the wrongful death of her husband. Chrissie McGee Blount of Commerce, Georgia claims her husband Mansur Blount died from injuries sustained after falling into a deep fryer at a Publix location in the town of Dacula, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The lawsuit is seeking damages equivalent to “the full value of the life of Mansur Blount,” as well as attorney’s fees and court costs.
37-year-old Mansur Blount was a vent hood technician, who cleaned vents at client businesses as part of his job. According to the lawsuit, he was unfamiliar with the Dacula, Georgia Publix store he was sent to on June 25, 2015. The vents there were located above a deep fryer filled with oil, hot enough to cook food to a crisp within seconds, which was covered by only a “thin metal cover.”
Unaware of the hazard boiling beneath his feet, Blount had his left leg on the metal cover while he attempted to clean the vent when it suddenly gave way. His left leg plunged into the red-hot cooking oil, burning him severely. He was rushed to the emergency room at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, and later transferred to its burn unit. He died there 10 days later, on July 4th.
Chrissie McGee Blount’s suit claims Mansur’s death was a direct result of his burns. The exact medical cause of death, however, is not named in the lawsuit and has yet to be clarified by Blount’s lawyers. A spokeswoman for the Publix supermarket chain said it is the company’s policy not to comment on open lawsuits.
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