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Disgraced Former Councilwoman Sues McDonald's Over Cut Finger

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Former Detroit, Michigan, councilwoman Monica Conyers is suing McDonald's after she cut her finger on a chair at the restaurant’s Detroit Metropolitan Airport location.

The injury reportedly occurred on Jan. 1, 2015, before Conyers boarded a flight to Washington D.C. to attend the swearing-in ceremony of her husband, Democratic Representative John Conyers from Michigan, reports The Detroit News.

"Plaintiff sat down to eat at a table inside McDonald's, and grabbed the side of the chair to adjust her seat and pull her chair under the table," the lawsuit states. "While pulling herself under the table, Plaintiff felt a sharp pain in the ring finger of her right hand, screamed in pain and jumped out of the seat."

Conyers' attorney, Amir Makled, said the chair may not have been properly assembled and that his client suffered an “extremely painful” cut that caused her to lose a fingernail.

"The chair had a metal object that was extended out of it,” Makled said.

Conyers was treated by police and paramedics at the restaurant following her injury with “sterile alcohol pads and gauze.” She claims to have sought medical attention in Washington D.C. and is now “severely injured” with a loss of full use of her hand.

"It was a severe cut on her ring finger which is now growing imperfectly and will continue to grow that way," Makled said.

A representative for the franchise owner of the McDonald’s Detroit Metropolitan location told FOX 2, “We do not comment on pending litigation.” The franchise is reportedly owned by former Detroit Lions player Jim Thrower.

Conyers made headlines in the past after she was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for accepting a bribe while in office in exchange for her vote on a $1 billion sludge-hauling deal. She was released from prison in 2013.

Damages in the amount of $25,000 are sought by Conyers in the lawsuit.

Sources: FOX 2, The Detroit News

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