A man from Caroni has threatened to sue PriceSmart after he was injured by a faulty soft drink dispenser late last year.

Lawyers representing Ricardo Johnson, of Siewnarine Trace, Kelly Village, Caroni, made the threat in a pre-action protocol letter sent to the company’s management late last month.

In the letter obtained by Guardian Media, Johnson’s lawyer Robert Abdool-Mitchell claimed the incident occurred while his client was making a purchase at the international warehouse shopping chain’s Mausica branch on December 28 last year.

Johnson bought a meal of chicken and chips and a refillable drink. His attorneys claimed that as Johnson was using the self-service machine, a black plastic object from the machine allegedly struck him on his shoulder.

While Johnson’s lawyer admitted that he suffered soft tissue injuries from the blow, they claimed that it exacerbated a long-standing injury to his lower spine.

Johnson is seeking compensation for his pain and suffering and for current and future medical care, including the $848 he has already spent on doctor’s fees.

In the letter, Abdool-Mitchell asked that the company disclose its reports on the incident and the faulty soft drink dispenser.

The company was given 28 days to respond to the legal threat before Johnson’s lawyers file the lawsuit.