“Our lawyers are some of the few in the country who represent E. coli victims nationwide. The insurance companies involved in outbreaks know us and know we can’t be fooled into accepting bad settlements.” — Attorney Fred Pritzker
Unless you or a loved one has been sickened by this deadly pathogen, it is impossible to comprehend the horrific nature of this infection. In severe cases, patients can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). These complications can cause kidney failure, stroke, coma, brain damage, pancreatitis, heart attack and death.
Fred or another E. coli lawyer at our law firm can help you get compensation and justice. We have won millions from food companies, restaurants and others. Two of our recent recoveries include $7.5 million for a young boy and $4.5 million for a teenager, both of whom contracted an E. coli infection and then developed HUS.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty and Lindsay Lien Rinholem won a $7.55 million verdict on behalf of a 10-year-old child (E.H.) who contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection from animals on a pumpkin farm (File # 27-CV-14-17068). E.H. was one of seven people sickened in the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.
Testimony at trial showed that on the day E.H. visited the pumpkin patch, thousands of pounds of manure together with contaminated bedding and hay littered the enclosure. Manure was on the cows’ hooves and hides as well as on the gate through which children reached to pet and feed the animals.
The operators of the pumpkin patch provided no handwashing stations, warning signs or any of the other proven measures to prevent transmission of diseases from animals including those listed in the 2011 edition of the Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2011: National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV), which is considered an industry standard for disease prevention.
One of our clients was 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 hemolytic uremic syndrome (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 one of many E. coli poisoning lawsuits our law firm has filed on behalf of outbreak victims. Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Eric Hageman, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are our lead attorneys for these cases.
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Our law firm represents clients who have been sickened in outbreaks of illness caused by dangerous E. coli bacteria, including O157:H7, O26 and other strains. We have taken on multinational corporations and won millions for our clients, both survivors and families of people who did not.
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Some of the things we do when we investigate an outbreak include the following, when appropriate:
Compensation depends on the facts of the case, the insurance policies involved and other factors. It may include amounts for the following:
Our lawyers have successfully represented E. coli victims who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. These diseases are characterized by damage and destruction of the red blood cells, which leads to a lower than normal number of red blood cells (a condition called anemia), blood clots, and damage to blood vessel walls. Complications of HUS are severe and can include the following:
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) occurs when too many platelets are destroyed. Tiny thrombi (blood clots) form in blood vessels throughout the body, but particularly in the central nervous system (CNS) and kidneys. Because the formation of the thrombi (blood clots) uses an abnormally high number of platelets, the number of platelets in the bloodstream decreases to dangerously low levels. TTP can cause the following:
When someone dies, the law allows the family to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Our E. coli attorneys have a national reputation and have been interviewed by The Associated Press, CNN, CBS, FOX, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lawyers USA and others. They are sought-after speakers and have conducted numerous legal seminars and presentations on such matters as top verdicts and settlements, foodborne illness, products liability, trial tactics, and use of expert witnesses. Fred Pritzker has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell University and other institutions.
Our food safety law firm has won lawsuits against food companies, restaurants, retailers (Costco, Walmart and others), and other businesses that sold tainted food. Some of our cases have been part of national outbreaks: Alabama AL, Arizona AZ, Arkansas AK, California CA, Colorado CO, Connecticut CT, Delaware DE, District of Columbia DC, Florida FL, Georgia GA, Idaho ID, Illinois IL, Indiana IN, Iowa, Kansas KS, Kentucky KY, Louisiana LA, Maine ME, Maryland MD, Massachusetts MA, Michigan MI, Minnesota MN, Mississippi MS, Missouri MO, Montana MT, Nebraska NE, New Hampshire NH, New Jersey NJ, New York NY, North Carolina NC, North Dakota ND, Ohio OH, Oklahoma OK, Pennsylvania PA, Rhode Island RI, South Carolina SC, South Dakota SD, Tennessee TN, Texas TX, Vermont VT, Virginia VA, West Virginia WV, Wisconsin WI and Wyoming WY.