Pritzker Hageman food safety attorneys have won some of the largest verdicts on record for people sickened by E. coli
Our E. coli lawyers have won millions of dollars for people sickened by contaminated food.
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Why Should You Hire Our Law Firm for Your E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit?
- Our food safety lawyers have handled hundreds of cases like yours. They have decades of experience, access to resources, and a bench of experts to deploy on your behalf.
- We can quickly determine if you have a lawsuit and, if so, how much it is worth.
- Our E. coli lawyers understand the toll E. coli food poisoning takes on a victim and their family. We can offer advice that comes from our decades of experience to help you and your family through this difficult time.
- We pursue maximum compensation and justice on your behalf, so you and your family can concentrate on your health.
A few examples of the many clients we have successfully represented…
$7.5 Million for A Child with E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)
An E. coli outbreak happens when two or more people are sickened by the same food or after visiting the same location, most often a restaurant. Our law firm is one of the few in the United States that has won multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for people sickened in these outbreaks. Our law firm recently won $7.5 million for a little girl who contracted an E. coli infection during an outbreak and lost kidney function. Her life will never be the same, but the money our law firm won for her has given her and her parents some peace of mind.
$4.5 Million Settlement for Woman Who Ate Contaminated Meat
Our client, a young woman, eats out at a nice restaurant to celebrate her good grades during her first year of college. It is a chain restaurant with a good reputation. A few days later she gets extremely runny diarrhea that is also bloody. She experiences severe abdominal pain unlike any she has ever had in her life. These are symptoms of the E. coli infection she had contracted from eating contaminated meat at the restaurant. A few days later her urine output is almost nonexistent. She has hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of the infection that causes kidney failure, and hers have failed. She almost dies.
Her family found our law firm while searching for answers on the internet while she struggled to survive. At the time, they did not know that the restaurant food had made their daughter sick. Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty, and Ryan Osterholm took the case and found evidence pinpointing meat served at the restaurant as the source of our client’s infection. They sued the meat processor, supplier and restaurant for the pain, suffering, and financial loss endured by our client.
What is E. coli Poisoning?
E. coli poisoning is a severe gastrointestinal illness caused by food, water, or animal feces that have been contaminated with this bacteria. Shiga toxins created by these bacteria cause the illness. Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) bacteria are incredibly tiny, about .000078740157 inches long. End to end, 10,000 cells could fit on the head of a pin, and it only takes 10 of them to make someone severely ill.
These bacteria travel to the large intestine (colon), multiply, and produce enough Shiga toxins to cause an inflammatory disease called hemorrhagic colitis. This is what causes the characteristic bloody diarrhea that is extremely dangerous. We have represented clients who have needed a colectomy, which is surgery that removes part of the colon, because of severe colitis.
In some cases, Shiga toxins enter the blood stream and are transported to the kidneys, causing hemolytic uremic syndrome and/or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). HUS and TTP are complications that cause kidney failure, brain damage, damage to other organs, and wrongful death. We have represented clients who have developed these complications, and families with wrongful death claims.
One bite of contaminated food can kill someone. Companies that sell that contaminated food need to be held accountable. Because CEOs and other executives are almost never charged criminally for selling tainted food, filing a lawsuit is often the only way for those sickened to get justice.
If you or a family member has been sickened with food poisoning, you can speak with an E. coli lawyer for free about your claim by calling our law firm at 1-888-377-8900. We are one of the few law firms in the U.S. that regularly represent people diagnosed with HUS.
Symptoms of E. coli
A person who swallows E. coli O157:H7 does not get sick right away. In fact, it can take up to 10 days (but usually about 3 to 4 days) for the person to experience symptoms. This time frame is called the incubation period.
First, tiny bits of tainted food or water are ingested. The food leaves the stomach, goes through the duodenum and small intestine and then, in the large intestine (called the colon), the bacteria cells in the food attach themselves to the wall of the colon and multiply. These cells make deadly Shiga toxins.
Symptoms can include:
- painful abdominal cramping;
- bloody diarrhea;
- fever (not always);
- vomiting (again, not always).
At the beginning, patients often experience just very painful abdominal cramping. Then the watery diarrhea begins, which generally lasts for about a day before it becomes very bloody, even bright red in some cases. This is an indication that toxins produced by the E. coli bacteria are eating away at the lining of the colon. This condition is called hemorrhagic colitis.
In most cases, the bloody diarrhea lasts for two to five days, with 10 or more bowel movements a day. The stools may appear to be more blood than stool.
When children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems get this infection, the toxins can be particularly damaging. Those patients are at higher risk for severe complications like HUS kidney failure, severe dehydration, and colitis that is so bad that part of the colon needs to be removed.
There are usually more E. coli cases in the summer months, but this is changing since more produce is being imported from tropical climates in the cooler months.
Diagnostic Testing Important if You Want to Sue for Compensation
If you have bloody stools, abdominal cramps, and other symptoms, you need to contact your doctor immediately. You need to make sure that your doctor gets a stool sample and has it tested specifically for E. coli O157:H7. This involves three steps:
- Test for the presence of the bacteria;
- Test to see if it is O157 or another serotype;
- Conduct pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing and whole genome sequencing (WGS) testing to determine the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria that made you sick.
You need to make your doctor aware of the need for this three-level testing. Our law firm can help you sue a restaurant, grocery store, food company, or other business for compensation.
Health Safety Alert
Our law firm is warning E. coli outbreak victims that, according to the CDC, antibiotics should not be prescribed for anyone with an E. coli infection. Patients given antibiotics for this infection are at greater risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication that causes renal failure, and the leading cause of deaths in E. coli outbreaks.
E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Causes Kidney Failure in 9 Children
Our law firm filed a lawsuit against The SoyNut Butter Company for a child whose kidneys failed after eating an I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter product at a daycare. The child is one of 32 people sickened in an outbreak of E. coli. Nine children sickened in the outbreak developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney failure.
“This company specifically marketed this product to parents of young children, daycare centers and preschools. We are hoping this lawsuit sends a message to this and other food companies that the safety of these little ones should have been the top priority.”
If your child has been diagnosed with E. coli poisoning, contact our law firm for a free consultation.
Our Law Firm Won a $7.55 Million Verdict for Little Girl With E. coli-HUS
Our law firm recently obtained a trial verdict of $7.55 million for a little girl who was sickened in an earlier outbreak. She developed kidney failure, was on dialysis for weeks, and now had permanent loss of 50% of her kidney function. She may need a kidney transplantation in her early twenties.
This is believed to be the largest E. coli poisoning verdict in U.S. history.*
Contact our law firm right away for a free consultation about your foodborne illness case. Our lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars for people just like you who were harmed by unsafe and dangerous food products. Read more about our recent $7.55 million verdict for a child who contracted E. coli and suffered kidney failure.