Can I Sue Olive Garden for Food Poisoning?

Yes, you can sue Olive Garden for compensation if you were part of an outbreak of food poisoning and your illness can be linked to an Olive Garden restaurant. Our food poisoning lawyers have won money settlements for clients who were part of outbreaks linked to Olive Garden restaurants. You can contact our lawyers about an Olive Garden food poisoning lawsuit using the form below.

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For more information, read our article “Can I Sue a Restaurant for Food Poisoning?” Foodborne pathogens that can cause outbreaks include Campylobacter, Cyclospora, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Salmonella, and Shigella. Below is information regarding foodborne illness outbreaks linked to Olive Garden.

Free Consultation Regarding an Olive Garden Lawsuit

You probably have questions about an Olive Garden lawsuit:

  • Do I have to file a lawsuit to get money from the company that owns Olive Garden?
  • How long does it take to get settlement money?
  • Do I have to have leftovers from the restaurant to have a lawsuit?
  • Should I contact the health department in my state if I have been diagnosed with Campylobacter, Cyclospora, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Salmonella, or Shigella after eating at Olive Garden?
  • If my child is sick, can I sue as a parent?
  • If my husband or wife is extremely sick, what do I do?

Our lawyers can help you get answers. You can use the free consultation form or call 1-888-377-8900 toll free.

Olive Garden Cyclospora Outbreak

The FDA linked certain Olive Garden restaurants to a June-July 2013 outbreak of cyclosporiasis food poisoning, caused by Cyclospora parasites. The outbreak involved peole sickened from the following states: Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Our law firm represented dozens of people in these states and helped them obtain money settlements to compensate them for suffering from severe and persistent diarrhea. Some of our clients were sickened for weeks and lost substantial income because they could not work during this time.

Cyclospora
This is a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample. There are four Cyclospora oocysts in the field of view.

Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty, and Ryan Osterholm were our lead lawyers for these cases.  They filed the first lawsuit on behalf of a client who was diagnosed with a Cyclospora infection, referred to as cyclosporiasis, after eating at the Olive Garden restaurant located at 367 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 5, 2013.  We filed the lawsuit against Darden Corporation, the Florida company that owns Olive Garden restaurants, and Taylor Fresh Foods, a Delaware company. Both companies do business nationwide.

Olive Garden E. coli Outbreak

E. coli Lawsuit

In 2009, Olive Garden restaurants received steak that was later recalled by National Steak and Poultry due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

The December 2009 steak recall was prompted by an E. coli outbreak linked to the recalled steak that sickened at least 21 people in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington. E. coli O157 can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) and death.

In the spring of 2005, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was associated with eating at an Olive Garden in Multnomah County, Oregon. According to the Multnomah County Health Department, no one food was strongly implicated in the outbreak that affected at least 18 people.  An Olive Garden lawsuit was filed and quickly settled.