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A Niagara Falls, Ont., woman, saying she was injured when "a hypodermic needle became lodged in (her) mouth and jaw" while eating a Chicken McNugget, has filed a $5 million lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. and the operator of the City Market McDonald's restaurant.

The suit, filed in the Niagara County clerk's office, says Lori Black, 30, suffered "serious and severe physical and emotional injuries" as a result of the episode, which occurred Jan. 27. A police report said Black, who was seven months pregnant at the time, had the tip of a hypodermic needle removed from her gum in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The suit also said Black "continues to require medical treatment and diagnostic testing and has been otherwise physically and emotionally injured."

The lawsuit, filed jointly along with her husband, Robert, seeks $500,000 in damages for the husband, who "has been and will be deprived of his wife's services, support, society."

This is the second suit in six months lodged by Niagara Falls, Ont., residents against the restaurant.

A Canadian doctor filed a $4.5 million lawsuit on March 10, claiming he was injured Nov. 8, 1999, when he bit into a Big Mac sandwich and got the tip of a hypodermic needle lodged in his mouth, and had to have it surgically removed at Niagara Falls Memorial.

The lawsuit claims "significant emotional and mental anguish and distress" caused by continuous fears of contracting HIV ad other diseases. That case is still pending. The doctor's name has not been revealed.

Restaurant operator Edgar Spatholt said: "Based upon the investigation thus far, I have absolutely no reason to believe these claims have anything to do with my restaurant.

"The safe operation of my restaurant (is) among my highest priorities," he said. "I am aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously."


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