MARTINSBURG -– A woman claims she became extremely ill after eating a salmonella-contaminated burger at Burger King.

Michelle Showers filed a lawsuit Aug. 17 in Berkeley Circuit Court against Craig J. Timoney, doing business as Burger King.

According to the complaint, Showers had a meal consisting of beef and cheese when she ate at the Hedgesville Burger King on Sept. 22, 2007.
Within three to five hours after eating the meal, though, Showers became extremely sick, the suit states.

"At the same time and place abovesaid, the Defendant negligently allowed the bacteria salmonella to corrupt the food served at the restaurant," the complaint says.

Because of her sickness, Showers incurred medical costs and sustained physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and distress, the suit states.

Showers is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, plus costs, attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.

Christopher J. Prezioso Luttrell and Prezioso in Martinsburg will be representing her.

Berkeley Circuit Court case number: 09-C-666

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