Ohio E. coli Outbreak Sickens Ohio State University Students and others in Columbus, OH Area

Attorney Fred Pritzker is investigating an Ohio E. coli O145 outbreak that has sickened people in Ohio, Michigan, and New York. The source of the outbreak is Freshway Foods lettuce.

This case is unusual because the E. coli bacteria involved is not the typical E. coli O157:H7 serotype, but a non-O157 strain. According to news reports, the strain is O145, which can cause serious illness, including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe illness that causes kidney failure, brain damage, pancreatitis, and other serious health problems.

As of May 6, 2010, there are 7 confirmed and 2 probable cases of E. coli O145 in Ohio. Students at Ohio State University in Columbus were sickened in this outbreak.

E. coli O145 Outbreak Lawsuit: Victim Compensation

The amount of compensation for a victim is dependent on a number of factors, such as the victim’s related health problems, age, occupation, and estimated time for recovery. Generally, liable parties pay money to the victim to cover medical expenses, cost of care, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, loss of quality of life, and other damages.

Contact a food safety lawyer for a free consultation regarding your case.

E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit: Proving the Case

In order to prove a case, the following three elements must be proved:

  1. The food product was contaminated with E. coli O145 bacteria
  2. The contamination caused illness, and
  3. The person suffered damage as a result of the contamination.

In this Ohio E. coli 0145 outbreak, the food responsible for the illnesses has not been determined.