As of November 5th, 2018 sixty-seven people connected to the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne, VT have become ill with symptoms consistent with contracting shigellosis. Twenty-two people have tested positive for shigellosis since the Vermont Department of Heath began investigating on October 23rd.
Can I Sue for Shigellosis?
If your case of shigellosis can be linked to food service or other business-related causes, you may have a case. Our investigations have typically found shigellosis to be linked with contaminated food or water. You can contact our law firm about a shigellosis lawsuit using the form below.
What are the Symptoms?
Ingesting even a very small amount of Shigella bacteria can be enough to infect you.
Shigellosis symptoms usually start to develop about 1 to 7 days after you are exposed to the bacteria. Three days is the most typical incubation period before symptoms begin to appear.
- Sudden abdominal pain or cramping
- A fever (In severe cases the fever may be high enough to trigger seizures)
- Finding blood, pus or mucus in stools
- Watery diarrhea
- Rectal pain that can feel like cramps (tenemus)
What are the Complications and Can I Get Money for Them?
If there is sufficient evidence to file suit and you have or had a complication from shigellosis, you should discuss with your lawyer whether you can get compensation. We have won millions for clients who have had severe complications.
Complications of shigellosis can include:
- Neurological problems, including fever-induced seizures and encephalopathy
- Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS): Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a serious illness that can lead to kidney damage, heart problems, blindness, other serious complications and even death, although this is very rare with shigellosis patients. Our lawyers are some of the few in the United States who have won money for clients in HUS lawsuits involving personal injury and wrongful death.
Our Shigella outbreak lawyers typically sue out these cases on an individual basis because we have found that our clients get more money with an individual suit instead of as part of a class action. Contact us if you have a diagnosis.