The parents of Abdallah Khader, now 6, sought $10 million from Kansas City, Mo.-based Applebee’s in a civil lawsuit…Abdallah Khader suffered damage to 80% of his brain in the crash, and his family incurred massive medical expenses. Their lawsuit asked for $10 million to cover round-the-clock medical care along with lost future earnings, mental anguish, and pain and suffering — all typical damages in a personal-injury case.
The Khaders’ lawsuit accused workers at a Mansfield, Texas, Applebee’s of serving a man 23 drinks in less than two hours, leading him to drive drunk and crash into the Khaders’ car. A law firm’s investigation was key to the Applebee’s settlement, the family’s lawyer said.
The firm’s investigation dug up the alleged drunken driver’s Applebee’s receipts, which showed he paid for nearly two dozen drinks in a two-hour span. Police determined the driver’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times Texas’ legal limit, which is 0.08%.
The Khaders sued Applebee’s and the drunken driver, a repeat DWI offender who also faces criminal charges related to the crash. The driver’s criminal trial is pending, KTVT reports.