Lawsuit: Thumbtack in Azteca nachos wrecked man's tooth

Lawsuit: Thumbtack in Azteca nachos wrecked man's tooth
A photo purporting to show a thumbtack in nachos served at a Bellevue Azteca restaurant. Photo provided by Kirk Davis, attorney for the King County man who claims to have been served the tack.
BELLEVUE, Wash. - The Azteca restaurant chain is facing a lawsuit from a King County man who claims his tooth was broken during a bad nacho experience.

Aaron Casey was dining with friends at a Bellevue Azteca on Aug. 13, 2012, when he contends he broke a tooth after biting into a nacho concealing a yellow thumbtack. Now, Casey has sued the Burien-based Mexican restaurant chain claiming he should not have been fed the offending nachos.

Casey’s attorney Kirk Davis said his client first felt something crunch and poke him simultaneously. He then spit out a thumbtack, horrifying the friends and colleagues he’d joined at the 112th Avenue Northeast restaurant.

Davis said Casey soon felt extreme tooth pain and went to a dentist. He eventually received a root canal and may yet lose the tooth.

Through the lawsuit, Casey contends carelessness by Azteca caused his injuries.

“We are looking to help Aaron recover his past and future medical expenses along with some money for the considerable pain he endured,” said Davis, an attorney with the Seattle firm Lee & Lee.

Calls to Azteca were not returned Monday. The lawsuit has been filed in King County Superior Court.