A trial opened Wednesday in the case of a New York man who died 10 months after dining at Benihana, the popular Japanese steakhouse chain. Jerry Colaitis injured his neck while dodging a piece of hot shrimp playfully tossed at him by a table-side hibachi chef, his attorney told the jury. The injury led to an operation and Colaitis ultimately died of a blood-borne infection. "Benihana set in motion a chain of events," the attorney said. The physicians who treated Colaitis were not joined by either side.
Estate Tries to Link Benihana Incident to Diner's Death
New York Law Journal
January 13, 2006