Our law firm has helped people in Iowa get compensation for E. coli food poisoning. To contact us law, please call toll-free 1-888-377-8900 or submit our free case consultation form. Below is information about a 2008 outbreak.
5 Children Have E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome from Apple Cider
Five confirmed cases of E. coli in Iowa may be associated with unpasteurized apple cider. The five cases are in the following counties: Lee County (1), Iowa County (3), and Des Moines County (2).
One child has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Another child from Illinois has been hospitalized in Iowa with HUS. According to the most recent report from the Iowa Department of Health, the Illinois case is not related to the Iowa cases. According to The Hawk Eye, the children are enduring daily dialysis:
For more than two weeks, both children have endured almost daily dialysis and surgeries, blood transfusions and ultrasounds, among other things.
On Tuesday, Kim Althide, Kaden’s mother, said they have seen some improvements in her son’s kidney output, but dialysis treatments are continuing nearly every day.
“We’re making baby steps,” Althide said.
Children who develop HUS are often in excruciating pain. Recovery is usually slow/ Many children never fully recover. Because HUS can cause life-long illness and patients may need future surgeries and other medical care, compensation for HUS patients needs to include amounts for future medical expenses and future pain and suffering. Contact our attorneys for more information: 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free), email our lawyers, or submit our online case review form.
Unpasteurized Apple Cider
Iowa health officials have not disclosed the source of this outbreak; however, the Iowa Department of Public Health issued a press release Tuesday encouraging Iowans to avoid consuming unpasteurized juices and ciders. And, according to the story in The Hawk Eye:
“While state health officials have not disclosed the source of the outbreak, those closest to the cases believe they contracted it from the same place.
The parents of two children who have been battling the bacteria, 5-year-old Kaden Althide of Basco, Ill., and 7-year-old TiAhnna Bryant of Donnellson, said they believe their children encountered the disease from the same source during the weekend of Oct.4, 2012.
Pediatric nephrologist Patrick Brophy, the doctor for both children at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, concurred with the parents.
‘In Kaden’s case, as well as a couple other kids, they were all at a similar venue, and it looks like they probably had apple cider that contained the E. coli,’ Brophy said.”
With an E. coli lawsuit involving a contaminated food product, strict liability usually applies. This means that the victims only need to prove the following: 1) that the food was contaminated with E. coli and 2) that the contaminated food caused the E. coli infection and resulting HUS. It is not necessary to prove that anyone intentionally or negligently contaminated the food.