NEW ORLEANS – A woman is suing a local sushi restaurant, claiming that numerous health violations existing within the establishment caused her to come down with a stomach virus.

Rebecca Murphey filed suit against Little Tokyo Restaurant Inc. in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Jan. 26.

The plaintiff claims that she ate a meal at the defendant's establishment on Sept. 30, 2014. Several days later, she alleges feeling joint soreness and developing a severe fever, along with vomiting and diarrhea. After several days of being unable to eat or drink anything, she claims that she went to an Ochsner hospital emergency room, where she was found to be dangerously dehydrated and suffering a viral infection.

The plaintiff also states that an inspection of the restaurant two months prior to her incident performed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals revealed several violations of food safety codes that she claims contributed to her condition. The defendant is accused of being negligent in failing to maintain proper food safety and correct the violations it was notified of on Aug. 7, 2014.

The plaintiff seeks an unspecified amount in damages for medical costs and expenses, mental and physical pain and suffering, and loss of wages.

The plaintiff is represented by Logan H. Greenberg, Lance C. Unglesby and Lewis O. Unglesby of New Orleans-based Unglesby Law Firm.

This case has been assigned to Division J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case no. 2015-00705.

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