Ohio E. coli 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. You can contact our law firm using the form below.
Proving a Company Was at Fault in an E. coli Lawsuit
In order to prove a company was at fault in an E. coli lawsuit, the following three elements must be proved:
- The food product was contaminated with E. coli O145 bacteria
- The contamination caused illness, and
- The person suffered damage as a result of the contamination.
Cargill Meat Solutions, a Colorado establishment, issued a recall of approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products. These products, made from the chuck portion of the carcass, could be contaminated with E. coli O26, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The ground beef items were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled Cargill ground beef products were distributed to the following in Ohio:
- Meijer, Safeway and Sam’s Club distributed the meat to stores nationwide.
- Target sold the recalled meat at stores in five states: California, Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Texas.
- Canal Fulton Provision sold the meat in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Seven people in Ohio were sickened in a 2018 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, area, according to the CDC. People in 35 other states were also sickened in this outbreak of serious food poisoning cases. Our E. coli lawyers filed an E. coli lawsuit in this outbreak.
People started getting E. coli symptoms from March 13, 2018 to June 6, 2018. The ages of the 210 people sickened ranged from 1 to 88 years, and 96 of these people were hospitalized, 27 of them with a severe complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that can also cause pancreatitis, heart failure and brain damage.
Ohio E. coli Outbreak Sickens Ohio State University Students and others in Columbus, OH Area
A 2010 Ohio E. coli O145 outbreak that sickened people in Ohio, Michigan, and New York was caused by Freshway Foods lettuce. Seven people in Ohio, including students at Ohio State University in Columbus, were sickened. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team represented students sickened in this outbreak and obtained money settlements for them.
This outbreak was unusual because the E. coli bacteria involved is not the typical E. coli O157:H7 serotype, but a non-O157 strain, O145. 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.