E. coli Attorney

“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

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.

We are a national food safety law firm and represent people sickened by E. coli bacteria and their families. Our lawyers have been quoted by The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Associated Press, StarTribune and others. Attorney Fred Pritzker has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell University and other venues regarding food safety legislation and litigation. Fred and his Bad Bug Law Team® have won millions for their clients, including $4.5 million for one young woman who was sickened after eating at a restaurant and then developed a severe complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). You can read her testimonial here. He also recently won a $7.55 million verdict in a case involving a little girl visited a petting zoo, contracted an  E. coli infection, and then developed HUS.

Unless you or a loved one has been sickened by this deadly pathogen, it is impossible to comprehend the horrific nature of this infection. As with our young clients discussed above, in severe cases, patients can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can affect children and adults, or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), which is similar to HUS, but generally affects adults. 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.

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Submit the form below to request a free consultation with an E. coli attorney. Our team of attorneys have helped people successfully sue some of the largest food companies and chain restaurants in the United States. Let us help your family get compensation and justice.

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Bad Bug Law Team - PritzkerOur 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.

To contact our law firm, submit the form on this page or call 1-888-377-8900 and ask for a free consultation with an attorney.

Submitting the form on this page does not create an attorney-client relationship. To hire one of our lawyers, you will need to sign a retainer form.

$7.5 Million Jury Verdict for E. coli O157:H7 Infection

Fred Pritzker Law Firm

Attorney Fred Pritzker has won millions for his clients in cases against food companies, restaurants, grocery stores and others.

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 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.

$4.5 Million Settlement for Client

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.

Outbreak Investigation

Some of the things we do when we investigate an outbreak include the following, when appropriate:

  • Hire top-notch epidemiologists and other experts to help us gather evidence and build our case
  • Obtain all local, state and federal documents pertaining to the outbreak and the companies involved in the outbreak
  • Personally inspect any food manufacturing plant involved
  • Depose executives, managers and others of any companies involved, including food manufacturers, restaurants, distributors
  • Obtain relevant documents from all companies involved

E. coli Lawsuit Compensation

Compensation depends on the facts of the case, the insurance policies involved and other factors. It may include amounts for the following:

  • Hospital bills and other medical expenses;
  • Cost of care;
  • Lost income;
  • Pain and suffering, which includes amounts for physical pain, emotional distress, disability, loss of quality of life.

Our lawyers have successfully represented children and adults 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:

  • hemolytic anemia
  • kidney failure
  • pancreatitis
  • seizures
  • coma
  • stroke
  • encephalopathy
  • respiratory disease syndrome
  • heart failure
  • cortical blindness
  • death.
Fred Pritzker

Attorney Fred Pritzker 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. You can contact Fred with our free consultation form.

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:

  • stroke
  • seizures
  • coma
  • heart arrhythmia
  • hemolytic anemia
  • heart failure
  • renal failure
  • severe abdominal pain
  • pancreatitis
  • enlarged liver
  • perforated colon
  • hypertension
  • death.

When someone dies, the law allows the family to pursue a wrongful death claim.

You Can Get Help

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.