Campylobacteriosis is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States, according to the CDC, and it can cause serious injury and death.
Outbreaks of illness are caused by food (in most cases, chicken or raw milk products) contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria.
Risks and serious complications include, but are not limited to, the following:
- blood poisoning
- heart attack
- hemolytic uremic syndrome
- Guillain-Barrè syndrome
- respiratory distress
- gall bladder inflammation
- severe dehydration.
The legal significance of severe complications is that your personal injury claim against the company (or companies) responsible is worth more. This means you should seek enough money to compensate for the initial illness and all complications, including expected future medical expenses, cost of care, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. We know it is not all about the money. Our clients want justice and to do their part to make sure other families do not have to go through what they did. Our lawyers have visited clients in the hospital while they were fighting to recover and talked with distressed family members wondering how a drink of raw milk or a bite of contaminated chicken could result in such horrific illness.
With Guillain-Barre syndrome your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. The first symptoms are weakness and numbness in your hands and feet. This can spread to your whole body and cause complete paralysis. Even the muscles that control your breathing can become paralyzed, requiring the use of a respirator. We have had clients who were hospitalized for weeks, and one of our clients is still completely paralyzed and unable to return home.
Guillain-Barre syndrome can cause death, generally from respiratory distress syndrome or heart attack.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty represent Campylobacter food poisoning victims who develop serious complications, including Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). One of our clients was paralyzed from the neck down after drinking raw milk contaminated with this bacteria. Our lawyers won millions for him and his wife.
A lawsuit should seek full and fair compensation because:
- Campylobacter is an extremely dangerous pathogen that can cause severe illness and death;
- Everything possible should have been done to prevent the food from being contaminated;
- If a company sells contaminated food, it should be held accountable;
- The responsible company and others may be persuaded to implement better food safety measures.