E. coli Food Poisoning

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E. coli Outbreaks

Our lawyers are representing clients in lawsuits against companies that we are alleging sold food contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Pizza Dough

We filed the first lawsuit against Pizza Ranch for E. coli from pizza dough. Several states may be involved, including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. At least one person sickened developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Please contact our law firm if you or your child was sickened in this outbreak. 5 of the 13 confirmed E. coli cases are from Minnesota.

Alfalfa Sprouts

alfalfa-sprouts-100Free Consultation with E. coli LawyerAn E. coli O157:NM outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts that sickened 7 people in Minnesota and 2 in Wisconsin was associated with alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts, a River Falls, Wisconsin company, according to the CDC. The dates of onset of illness range from January 17, 2016 through February 8, 2016. Four of the people sickened were residents of the Twin Cities metro area, and three live in greater Minnesota.

Chipotle Restaurants

Chipotle RestaurantTwo E. coli O26 outbreaks associated with Chipotle occurred in 2015, according to the CDC. The first one sickened at least 53 people in 9 states: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (2), and Washington (27). Illness onset dates for this outbreak range from October 19, 2015 to November 14, 2015. The second one sickened 5 people in Kansas (1), North Dakota (1), and Oklahoma (3). Illnesses onset dates were from November 18, 2015 to November 26, 2015.

Costco and Taylor Farms

Chicken SaladAn outbreak was associated with eating rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states, according to the CDC. The chicken was supplied by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. The number of ill people reported from each state was as follows: California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Illness onset dates ranged from October 6, 2015 to November 3, 2015.

What is E. coli Poisoning?

Fred Pritzker

Contact Attorney Fred Pritzker for a FREE consultation (click here). Fred has been helping people sickened by contaminated food for decades. He has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell and other venues and has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, CNN and others.

E. coli poisoning is a severe gastrointestinal illness caused by food, water or animal feces contaminated with the bacteria (O157:H7, O26, and other strains). It is Shiga toxins created by the bacteria that cause the illness. Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are incredibly tiny, about .000078740157 inches long. End to end, 10,000 cells could fit on the head of a pin, and it only takes 10 of them to make someone severely ill.

E. coli bacteria travel to the large intestine (colon), multiply and produce enough Shiga toxins to cause an inflammatory disease called hemorrhagic colitis. This is what causes the characteristic bloody diarrhea. It is extremely dangerous. We have had clients who have needed a colectomy, surgery that removes part of the colon, because of severe colitis.

In some cases, Shiga toxins enter the blood stream and are transported to the kidneys, causing hemolytic uremic syndrome and/or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). HUS and TTP are complications that cause kidney failure, brain damage, damage to other organs and wrongful death. We have represented clients who developed these complications, and families with wrongful death claims.

One bite of contaminated food can kill someone, and companies that sell that food need to be held accountable. Because CEOs and other executives are almost never charged criminally for selling tainted food, filing a lawsuit is often the only way to get justice.

If you or a family member has been sickened, you can use our free consultation form to contact our law firm and speak with a lawyer for free about your claim. We are one of the few law firms in the U.S. that regularly represent people diagnosed with HUS.


E coli Bacteria

E. coli O157 bacteria under a magnification of 6836x. The combination of letters and numbers in the name of the bacterium refers to the specific markers found on its surface, which distinguishes it from other types of E. coli.

A person who swallows E. coli O157:H7 does not get sick right away. In fact it can take up to 10 days (but usually about 3-4 days) for the person to experience symptoms. This is called the incubation period. What happens is tiny bits of tainted food or water are ingested. It exits the stomach, goes through the duodenum and small intestine and then, in the large intestine (called the colon), the bacteria cells attach themselves to the wall of the colon and multiply.These cells make deadly Shiga toxins.

Symptoms can include:

  • Severe cramps
  • Watery and/or bloody diarrhea
  • Possible mild fever
  • Possible nausea or vomiting

Symptoms can range from mild diarrhea to severe abdominal cramps and bloody stools, but you may display no symptoms at all.  E. coli is a leading cause of bloody diarrhea. These symptoms are more severe in children, the elderly and in those who have another illness. Infection is more common during the summer and in the northern United States.

The first sign of illness is sudden, severe abdominal cramps. Watery diarrhea starts a few hours thereafter. Diarrhea causes your body to lose fluids, resulting in dehydration, which can make you feel nauseated and weak. The watery diarrhea lasts for about a day.

The diarrhea will change to bright red bloody stools because the infection creates sores in your intestines. Bloody diarrhea lasts for two to five days and you might have ten or more bowel movements a day. Your stools may appear to be more blood than stool.

You may have a mild fever. You may also have nausea or vomiting. Consult your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: watery, bloody diarrhea, cramps, fever, nausea or vomiting.

Test for E. coli if You Want to Sue

Attorney Elliot Olsen

Attorney Elliot Olsen helps children sickened by contaminated food.

If you have bloody stools, abdominal cramps, and other symptoms, you need to contact your doctor immediately.  You need to make sure that your doctor gets a stool sample and has it tested specifically for E. coli O157:H7.  This involves three steps:

  1. Test for the presence of the bacteria;
  2. Test to see if it is O157 or another serotype;
  3. Do pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing to determine the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria that made you sick.

You need to make your doctor aware of the need for this three-level testing. Contact our lawyers with questions if want to sue a restaurant, grocery store, food company or other business for the harm caused.

Health Safety Alert

The CDC has notified health professionals that antibiotics should not be prescribed. Patients given antibiotics for  are at greater risk of developing HUS, the leading cause of E. coli-related deaths.

Why Should You Hire Our Law Firm?

  1. Because  we’re extremely experienced in E. coli cases (we’ve handled hundreds and collected millions on behalf of people harmed by contaminated food).
  2. Because we can quickly tell you if you have a case and if so, how much it’s worth.
  3. Because if we’re on the case, you don’t have to worry anymore; you can finally focus on what’s important: getting better and moving on with your life.

Free Consultation with E. coli Lawyer

$4.5 Million Recovery

Best Lawyers Law Firm 2015Our lawyers have won millions for their clients, including $4.5 million for a young woman who got sick after eating beef. Our client and her family had gone to a restaurant to celebrate her good grades. A few days later she had severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. These symptoms soon developed into HUS. Her kidneys failed, and she almost died.

The family contacted us when she was in the hospital. The state health department had not determined what food caused her illness, so we began an independent investigation. After beef served at the restaurant was pinpointed, we sued the beef processor, supplier and restaurant.

This is the result of just one of many lawsuits our law firm has won for our clients.



Client Testimonial“When I was seventeen years old, I became very sick with a food-borne illness called E. coli. I later learned that I got the bacteria from an under-cooked meat product. Because of this, I suffered from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which caused my kidneys to fail. I was on dialysis for three months.”  Read the full testimonial.

Additional Information

  1. What is E. coli O157:H7 ? – Information regarding the history and technical designation of this pathogen.
  2. Client Testimonial.
  3. Lawsuit – Filing a lawsuit against the company responsible for the personal injury or wrongful death is often the only way to determine how the food that caused the illness got contaminated. This is important both legally and for public safety reasons.
  4. Wrongful Death – A wrongful death claim both compensates the family and holds wrongdoers responsible.
  5. HUS – Hemolytic uremic syndrome can cause kidney failure, heart failure, pancreatitis, brain damage and wrongful death.
  6. Kidney Failure.
  7. TTP – Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura causes renal failure and central nervous system (CNS) damage.
  8. Child – Our lawyers help children.
  9. Colectomy – Our attorneys represent outbreak victims who need a colectomy.
  10. Shiga Toxin – The danger lies in the production of toxins called Shiga toxins.
  11. Non-O157 Outbreaks – The six most common strains of non-O157 include O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145.
  12. Petting Zoo – Although most of our cases involve contaminated food, our attorneys have won cases where a petting zoo was associated with the illnesses.
  13. Contaminated Water – People sickened by contaminated water can also sue for compensation. In a recent outbreak, water served at a restaurant was linked to the illnesses. Dozens of people were sickened.
  14. Sue a Restaurant – If a restaurant is linked to your illness, you have the legal right to sue for compensation.

Our lawyers have won millions for our clients. They have appeared on CBS News, Fox News and numerous local stations. Attorney Fred Pritzker is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. To contact Pritzker Olsen law firm, please call toll-free at 1-888-377-8900 or submit the firm’s free case consultation form.

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