The Bad Bug Law Team refers to the unique nature of our law practice here at Pritzker Hageman law firm. Our lawyers represent people harmed by pathogenic microorganisms in cases involving foodborne illness (FBI), Legionnaire’s disease, surgical site infections, contaminated drugs and medical devices, and just about any other case in which people are injured by disease causing organisms introduced into the body by the wrongful conduct of a corporation or an individual. We have developed a wealth of experience and scientific knowledge in these types of cases that help us achieve excellent results for our clients.
Some of Our Team’s Cases
$45 Million Won for Clients Who Suffered Kidney Failure
We represented people injured by a defective over-the-counter medication used as part of a diagnostic procedure. Our clients suffered kidney failure, permanent kidney damage, and wrongful death claims. Our national product safety lawyers won $45 million for them and their families.
$10 Million Won for Babies Sickened by Contaminated Product
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty were named “Attorneys of the Year” for winning over $10 million for babies sickened by a product contaminated with bacteria. This case was just one of many difficult and hard fought cases our Bad Bug Law Team® has won on behalf of injured children.
$7.5 Million for a Child who Contracted an E. coli Infection
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty, and Lindsay Lien Rinholen won a $7.55 million verdict on behalf of a 10-year-old child who contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection. As a result of her E. coli O157:H7 infection, E.H. developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly form of kidney disease. She has already lost 50% of her kidney function and is predicted to require dialysis and kidney transplantation in her early twenties.
$4.5 Million for a Teenager Who Got E. coli From Contaminated Beef
Our client was only 17 when she was sickened by beef contaminated with E. coli bacteria and then developed HUS. Her kidneys failed and she was on dialysis for 3 months. She may need a kidney transplant in the future.
Our law firm is one of the very few in the nation that has won hundreds of food poisoning settlements involving the following “bad bugs”:
- Clostridium botulinum (botulism)
- Clostridium perfringens
- E. coli
- Hepatitis A
- Listeria monocytogenes
We have won settlements in cases involving all of the bugs above.
Legionella bacteria cause Legionnaires’ disease. We have won settlements from hotels, hospitals, office building owners, and others for clients who contracted this kind of pneumonia (lung infection) from contaminated water.
We also represent people who suffered great harm (and the heirs of people who died) as a result of the failure of medical professionals to properly diagnose and treat surgical site infections (SSIs). These are medical malpractice cases.
Unbeknownst to most patients, there is a significant risk of infection following any surgery. The bugs most commonly involved in SSIs include Staphylococcus aureus, Coagulase negative staphylococci, Enterococcus, and Escherichia coli.
The cases in which we’re involved are those where a patient developed obvious signs of infection that were either ignored or improperly treated, resulting in massive tissue destruction, blood stream infections, amputations, and even death.
Infection from a Medical Product
We also have decades of experience and a reputation for success in representing people harmed by adulterated drugs and improperly sterilized medical devices. For example, we represent many people who were harmed in the outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections linked to the use of injectable steroids produced and distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). We also represent people who contracted infections as a result of defectively designed medical products like the Bair Hugger forced-air warming device used during surgeries.