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Customer alleges burns at Houston 'hot pot' restaurant


By Marian Johns | Dec 5, 2019


HOUSTON — An Asian "hot pot" restaurant is facing a negligence claim after hot soup was splashed on a child, causing him to suffer a first-degree burn. 

Ji Kim, individually and as next friend of Benjamin Nguyen filed a complaint Nov. 26 in the Harris County District Court against Shabu Shabu Zone, LLC doing business as Shabu Zone and Jane Doe, alleging negligence. 

According to the complaint, Benjamin Nguyen, 4 at the time, was eating dinner with his parents Sept. 24, 2018 at the Asian hot pot restaurant Shabu Zone on Bellaire Boulevard in Houston. The suit states when a female server changed out the "soup base of the boiling hot pot," without putting a lid on it, the soup splashed onto Nguyen's face causing him to suffer a first-degree burn. The plaintiff alleges Nguyen continues to have a scar and could require future cosmetic surgery. 

Kim seeks trial by jury, monetary relief up to $50,000, plus interest, court costs and attorneys fees, and all other just relief. She is represented by attorney Andrew Whang of Andrew Whang & Associates LLC in Houston. 

Harris County District Court case number 2019-85071

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