You may have the right to sue Wendy’s for E. coli food poisoning if you have proof that your illness was cause by food sold by the restaurant. With Shiga-toxin producing E. coli bacteria, this generally includes DNA evidence connecting you to an outbreak of illnesses.
Wendy’s is a fast food restaurant that serves hamburgers, chili, and other food products. It is a good company that seems to care about its customers, and if the restaurant’s food causes illness, it needs to take responsibility. Our law firm can help you do that. A lawsuit may not be necessary to get a settlement.
Wendy’s E. coli Lawsuit: Restaurant Liability
Restaurants are strictly liable for any illnesses cause by their food. This means that restaurants are responsible to compensate people who are sickened by their food even if the food was contaminated with E. coli when the restaurant purchased it.
Liability for a restaurant like Wendy’s can be established even if the food that caused the illness is not available to test for E. coli. With lettuce E. coli outbreaks, for example, the connection between the lettuce and the E. coli infections is generally proven with epidemiological evidence, which includes evidence that all or most of the people sickened in the outbreak ate lettuce at the restaurant a few days before symptoms began.
In some lettuce E. coli outbreaks, a sample of lettuce does test positive for the outbreak-strain of the bacteria. In these cases, “damages” (how much the victims should be compensated) is the most contentious issue.
An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been associated with lettuce served at a Wendy’s restaurant in Fredericton some time before October 27, 2009. At least four people contracted infections.
This is not the only E. coli outbreak associated with a fast food chain that foodborne illness attorney Fred Pritzker has seen. In summer 2006, an outbreak of E. coli O121:H19 infected four people in North Ogden, Utah. Like the recent outbreak in Canada, it was associated with E. coli in lettuce from a Wendy’s restaurant. A toddler developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and suffered kidney failure and other serious health problems.
You can sue a restaurant for E. coli O157. Our law firm has helped many people recover compensation from restaurants that served contaminated food. You can contact our firm by calling 1-888-377-8900 or by filling out the firm’s free online consultation request form.