Our Listeria lawyers people sickened in outbreaks of listeriosis infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning. Contact attorney Fred Pritzker and his team for help.

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Lawyer Fred Pritzker recently won $4.5 million for a man who contracted listeriosis after eating a contaminated food product. Our client developed a severe complication called meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain. Tragically, he suffered permanent brain damage.

Most of the people sickened in Listeria food poisoning outbreaks are elderly. If your parent has been hospitalized and diagnosed with listeriosis, you can contact attorney Fred Pritzker to find out how to protect your parent’s right to sue the company that sold contaminated food.

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What is Listeria Monocytogenes?

Listeria monocytogenes is a rod-shaped bacteria that causes an illness called listeriosis. L. monocytogenes bacteria have been found in at least 37 species of mammal, 17 bird species and some types of fish and shellfish. A hardy bacterium, it is remarkably resistant to freezing, drying, and, to some extent, heating.

People get sick by eating food contaminated with L. monocytogenes. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy.

Listeria Food Poisoning Symptoms

Listeria food poisoning affects primarily persons of advanced age, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, persons without these risk factors can also rarely be affected.

Listeria CDC
This is one cell of Listeria in tissue. According to the CDC, about 2,500 persons become seriously ill each year. Of these, 500 die.

Initial symptoms are usually flu-like.  In many cases, the person sickened does not seek medical help until the infection has moved to the brain, causing meningitis.  At this point, the person is extremely sick, and may die. In fact, of the 1,000 to 2,500 people who are infected each year in the U.S, 25 percent die as a result of the infection.

Some populations are much more susceptible to infection, including pregnant women, babies, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems (cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc.). Read about diabetes and food poisoning.

Pregnant women typically experience fever and other non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.


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Fred Pritzker is a national food safety lawyer who represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against food companies and others who sell contaminated food.
  • Meningitis
  • Septicemia
  • Pneumonia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Encephalitis
  • Seizures
  • Blindness
  • Brain Stem Damage
  • Cranial Nerve Palsies
  • Cervical Cord Compression
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Premature Birth

Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Lawsuit

Outbreaks of listeriosis have been caused by the following:

  • Raw produce, including lettuce, cantaloupe, cucumbers, cilantro, peaches, nectarines, plums and apples (caramel apple outbreak in 2014);
  • Unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese made from raw milk; and
  • Cooked or processed foods, including ice cream (Blue Bell), certain soft cheeses, processed (or ready-to-eat) meats (for example, hot dogs and deli ham), smoked seafood.

Our law firm represents people sickened by food contaminated with L. monocytogenes.

My Husband Contracted Listeriosis

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Pat and John are clients. We helped them obtain significant compensation from the company responsible for John’s illness. Pat and John have become tireless food safety advocates. Read their testimonial.

Pat and John are clients we helped after John contracted listeriosis. This is what Pat said about hiring attorney Fred Pritzker in an interview with the American Association for Justice (AAJ):

“John was unconscious and intubated. His blood pressure spiked. He had small strokes, sepsis. We hired Fred Pritzker in June 2012. Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty carried John and me through these months of fear. They found out through their investigation how John got sick, and where the contamination happened. Fred Pritzker knew more about Listeria than anyone in the medical field and anyone we came into contact with. We faced mounting medical costs, and our quality of life completely changed. We faced an uncertain future. We are grateful that we had a good lawyer on our side, and we decided that we would go forth with the lawsuit in September 2012. We are glad we did.”

We are privileged to count Pat and John as clients and friends.

Listeria Monocytogenes Lawyer Investigates Outbreaks

Johnson County Ham Listeria Outbreak

Four people in Virginia and North Carolina were sickened by the same strain of Listeria bacteria over more than a year: July of 2017 (1); June of 2018 (2); and August of 2018 (1). Ham products collected from the Johnston County Hams, Inc. facility in Smithfield, North Carolina, in 2016 and in early 2018 tested positive for the outbreak strain.

CDC Epi curve Ham Listeria Outbreak 10/3/18

Vulto Creamery Raw Milk Cheese

Two people died and six were sickened in an outbreak linked to recalled Vulto Creamery soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses. That dairy is located in Walton, New York. The products were sold at Whole Foods stores and other retail outlets around the country.  The outbreak was announced in March 2017.  And a baby was born infected with listeriosis.

CRF Frozen Food’s Frozen Vegetable Products

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in conjunction with the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has since March 2016 been investigating a serious, nationwide outbreak. They have now pinpointed CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Washington, as the source of this outbreak, which has infected eight (8) people since September 13, 2013.

Miller’s Organic Farm Raw Milk

After 2 years, we now know that raw milk is most likely the source of an outbreak that sickened 2 people, one in California and one in Florida, in 2014. Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, is the likely source of this outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both people were hospitalized, and the person from Florida died.

How Does Food Get Contaminated?

Because animals may carry it in their intestines without becoming sick, this pathogen sometimes spreads to meat and dairy products. Although the bacteria are killed through cooking and other heating methods used to produce ready-to-eat foods such as pasteurization, some ready-to-eat foods become contaminated after processing. This kind of contamination can take place in the processing plant or on the road from the processor to your plate.

Outbreaks of illness are most commonly associated with ready-to-eat meat foods, including hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry. Soft cheeses are another common source of outbreaks.

Get Legal Help from Listeria Lawyer Fred Pritzker and His Team

If you or a loved one has been sickened, you can contact our Listeria lawyers for a free consultation about a Listeria lawsuit for compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team are some of the few lawyers in the U.S. who practice extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation. They have won millions for their clients and been quoted by The New York Times, CNN, Associated Press and others. Fred has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell and other venues about food safety. We file individual suits to get the best compensation for our clients with personal injury and wrongful death claims.

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