Attorneys at Pritzker Hageman recently won $4.5 million for an E. coli victim in Michigan. Our law firm is one of only a few in the country that has successfully represented E. coli victims who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
An outbreak of E. coli infections in 36 states, including Michigan, was caused by contaminated romaine lettuce, according to the CDC. 210 people, including 5 in Michigan, were infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. Many of the people sickened developed hemolytic uremic syndrome and experienced kidney disease and other adverse health events. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis of E. coli isolates from 184 people sickened in the outbreak found that there was antibiotic resistance to chloramphenicol, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. This is alarming.
A cluster of seven E. coli illnesses in Michigan in 2016 triggered the recall of 20,000 pounds of organic cheese made by Grasslands Cheese of Coopersville, MI. The company issued a recall of the following: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Edam, Country Dill, Leyden, Lamont Cheddar, Fait Fras, Chili Cheese, Polkton Corners and Crofters. The recalled cheeses were distributed as wheels, half wheels, and wedges of various sizes to wholesale and retail customers.
Michigan E. coli O157 Outbreak in a Saginaw County Prison
In 2012, dozens of inmates and 7 staff members at a Saginaw County correctional facility were sickened in an outbreak of E. coli poisoning. Four of the inmates were hospitalized. If it can be determined what food caused an outbreak in a jail or prison, inmates sickened in a food poisoning outbreak may have the right to sue for money to compensate them. In cases like this, our legal team should be contacted by inmates who want compensation for their illness. In addition, if inmates do not get adequate medical care, their constitutional rights may have been violated. Our attorneys have handled cases like this.
Michigan E. coli O26 Outbreak Linked to Jimmy Johns
In 2011-2012, people in 6 states became infected after eating Jimmy Johns sandwiches with raw sprouts. The outbreak investigation pinpointed raw clover sprouts as the source of the illnesses.
Eleven patients were interviewed. Of these, ten said they ate at a Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurant the week before they got sick. These ten people ate at nine different Jimmy John’s locations in four different states. Of the ten, eight said they ate a sandwich with sprouts, and nine, with lettuce.
Health officials identified a lot of clover seeds used to grow clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurant locations where ill persons ate. The Food and Drug Administration and state health officials conducted a traceback investigation that found two sprouting facilities used the same lot of seed to grow clover sprouts that were served at these Jimmy John’s restaurant locations during the time the people sickened ate at them.
Michigan E. coli O157 Outbreak Linked to McNees Ground Beef in 2011
An outbreak in 2011 was linked to eating ground beef processed and distributed by McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC, a Michigan company. There were five laboratory-confirmed E. coli cases and four probable cases in the following counties: Lapeer, Genesee, Isabella, and Sanilac. Six of the nine people sickened ended up in the hospital.
Some of the people sickened ate the ground beef at restaurants.