Encephalopathy Brain Damage from an E. coli Infection

An E. coli infection can cause encephalopathy, a disease that damages the brain. If your child has an E. coli infection and has hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), your son’s or daughter’s kidneys are not working. This condition is causing uremia, the accumulation of chemical waste in the body that should be removed from the body by the kidneys.

Can a Child Sue for E. coli and HUS?

Most children with E. coli-HUS have some degree of uremic encephalopathy, a term used to refer to brain disease. Manifestations of this illness include stroke and coma. In some children, the strokes are “mild”, but unfortunately they can be long and frequent. Whether your child has a mild or serious condition, watching your child go through this may be the most difficult thing you have ever done, and it may not look like there is hope.

Our lawyers have represented many little ones like yours, and we have watched most of them slowly recover. After a few weeks or months of medical treatment, the smiles do return.

Child with HUS
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Free Consultation with an E. coli-HUS Lawyer

We are not paid unless you win. Submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.

We help families sue companies that sell food contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the primary cause of HUS. We do this to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable and to send a message to all food manufacturers, restaurant owners, and other businesses that money should never be more important than people.

Your child is sick. This was not your fault, even if you cooked the food that was contaminated with bacteria. Now your child may have neurological problems that could be long-term. The compensation you and your child win in an E. coli-HUS lawsuit should reflect this suffering.

To contact Pritzker Hageman, the national E. coli law firm, please call toll-free at 1-888-377-8900 or fill out the our short case consultation form. Take steps to hold accountable the food company, restaurant, grocery store, or petting zoo that made your child sick.


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