Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that produces an infection called listeriosis, a severe illness that often involves multiple organs and severe complications such as Listeria meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain. About 25 percent of listeriosis cases are fatal, but 100 percent are preventable.


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When food companies fail to maintain food safety standards that prevent bacterial contamination of their products, our Listeria lawyers help families hold corporate wrongdoers accountable. Pritzker Hageman food safety attorneys have more experience handling Listeria cases than any other law firm in the country and have secured some of the largest Listeria settlements in U.S. history.

  • $6.4 million for neurologic injury from a contaminated deli product
  • $4.5 million for permanent brain damage from contaminated food
  • $3 million for a pregnant woman who lost her unborn twins after eating contaminated food
  • $1 million for illness from contaminated deli meat

Listeria Causes Serious Illness, Pregnant Women Among Those at High Risk

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Listeria bacteria, illustration.

About 94 percent of people with Listeria infections require hospitalization, most of the time in an intensive care unit. People with listeriosis often develop septicemia, pneumonia, and meningitis. Those at elevated risk of developing these infections are pregnant women, seniors and people with pre-existing conditions.

Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to contract listeriosis. For pregnant women who are Hispanic, the risk of contracting listeriosis is 24 times higher. And the outcomes of these illnesses can be devastating. Among all pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and infection of newborns, even if the expectant mother shows no signs of illness.

Frequently Asked Questions about Listeria Lawsuits:

    1. Should I  be part of a Listeria class action suit?
      Class action suits are appropriate where all of the claimants have very similar injuries. This isn’t usually the case with Listeria infections.
    2. What do I need to prove to win my case?
      To win a personal injury or wrongful death case for illness from contaminated food, you will need to have a laboratory-confirmed case and convincing evidence connecting your illness to a food product. Foods that are often the source of listeriosis poisoning include deli meats, produce, sprouts, raw (unpasteurized) milk and cheese, and processed foods that are generally not reheated such as ice cream.
    3. How much money will my family and I get?
      Compensation for these cases varies depending on the severity of the illness, the age and occupation of the person who got sick and other factors.
    4. How much does it cost to hire your law firm?
      We work on a contingency basis, so there are no up-front costs to hire our firm and we don’t get paid unless you win.
    5. What if my case is pregnancy-related?
      Our attorneys have experience with these cases and have successfully represented women whose pregnancies ended in tragedy.
    6. What if my case involves the death of a family member?
      If your loved one died from a Listeria infection and there is evidence connecting the illness to a food product, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit.