Our law firm helps clients sickened in outbreaks of illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous, foodborne bacteria.
We are investigating a listeriosis outbreak linked to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery. People in 4 states were sickened, and 2 of them died: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), New York (3), and Vermont (1). Voltu Creamery has issued a recall of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft, wash-rind raw milk cheeses. Whole Foods Market has also issued a recall involving 9 stores; however, the company press release says that no illnesses have been reported from customers of these 9 stores. Contact attorney Fred Pritzker if you want to discuss pursuing a lawsuit against Vulto Creamery and the retailer where the cheese was purchased.
Listeria monocytogenes is a rod-shaped bacteria that causes an illness called listeriosis. L. monocytogenes bacteria have been found in at least 37 species of mammal, 17 bird species and some types of fish and shellfish. A hardy bacterium, it is remarkably resistant to freezing, drying, and, to some extent, heating.
People get sick by eating food contaminated with L. monocytogenes. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy.
Listeria food poisoning affects primarily persons of advanced age, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, persons without these risk factors can also rarely be affected.
Initial symptoms are usually flu-like. In many cases, the person sickened does not seek medical help until the infection has moved to the brain, causing meningitis. At this point, the person is extremely sick, and may die. In fact, of the 1,000 to 2,500 people who are infected each year in the U.S, 25 percent die as a result of the infection.
Some populations are much more susceptible to infection, including pregnant women, babies, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems (cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc.). Read about diabetes and food poisoning.
Pregnant women typically experience fever and other non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
Outbreaks of listeriosis have been caused by the following:
Our law firm represents people sickened by food contaminated with L. monocytogenes.
Pat and John are clients we helped after John contracted listeriosis. This is what Pat said about hiring attorney Fred Pritzker in an interview with the American Association for Justice (AAJ):
“John was unconscious and intubated. His blood pressure spiked. He had small strokes, sepsis. We hired Fred Pritzker in June 2012. Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty carried John and me through these months of fear. They found out through their investigation how John got sick, and where the contamination happened. Fred Pritzker knew more about Listeria than anyone in the medical field and anyone we came into contact with. We faced mounting medical costs, and our quality of life completely changed. We faced an uncertain future. We are grateful that we had a good lawyer on our side, and we decided that we would go forth with the lawsuit in September 2012. We are glad we did.”
We are privileged to count Pat and John as clients and friends.
Below is a note from another one of our clients. We recently settled his case for several million dollars. He suffered life-changing injuries caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
“It seems so inadequate to just say ‘Thank You’ for all you have done for me (and my family); however, I am at a loss in terms of what else to add to express my appreciation to each of you for all you’ve done. The financial piece of the settlement certainly eliminates any future uncertainty in terms of being able to adequately provide for my own needs and pursue innovative medical treatments should any become available. More importantly for me though, is the measure of accountability it has extracted on the manufacturer of the food product that harmed me. We all know that nothing can ‘make up’ for what has already happened, but I’m hopeful it will provide a strong deterrent in the future as well as showing that when you intentionally commit wrongdoing, it isn’t ignored. For working on my behalf to make this a reality, you have my eternal thanks.”
Two people died and six were sickened in an outbreak linked to recalled Vulto Creamery soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses. That dairy is located in Walton, New York. The products were sold at Whole Foods stores and other retail outlets around the country. The outbreak was announced in March 2017. And a baby was born infected with listeriosis.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in conjunction with the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has since March 2016 been investigating a serious, nationwide outbreak. They have now pinpointed CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Washington, as the source of this outbreak, which has infected eight (8) people since September 13, 2013.
After 2 years, we now know that raw milk is most likely the source of an outbreak that sickened 2 people, one in California and one in Florida, in 2014. Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, is the likely source of this outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both people were hospitalized, and the person from Florida died.
If you were sickened in 2015 or 2014, you may still have time to file a lawsuit.
Because animals may carry it in their intestines without becoming sick, this pathogen sometimes spreads to meat and dairy products. Although the bacteria are killed through cooking and other heating methods used to produce ready-to-eat foods such as pasteurization, some ready-to-eat foods become contaminated after processing. This kind of contamination can take place in the processing plant or on the road from the processor to your plate.
Outbreaks of illness are most commonly associated with ready-to-eat meat foods, including hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry. Soft cheeses are another common source of outbreaks.
If you or a loved one has been sickened, you can contact our lawyers for a free consultation about a Listeria lawsuit for compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team are some of the few lawyers in the U.S. who practice extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation. They have won millions for their clients and been quoted by The New York Times, CNN, Associated Press and others. Fred has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell and other venues about food safety. We file individual suits to get the best compensation for our clients with personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Read about food safety tips for older adults, who are are at higher risk for food poisoning. Some foods are at greater risk of being contaminated with dangerous pathogens.
A class action lawsuit should only be filed if the claimants have suffered similar harm. In this case, some of the people died, some developed meningitis, some were not as sick.
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