As the parent, you can sue on your child’s behalf for permanent brain damage and other harm caused by his or her case of listeriosis meningitis, but there has to be sufficient evidence to do so. Your lawsuit for compensation will be against a grower, food processor, distributor and/or retailer (grocery store, Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club) that sold food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterial agent that causes this severe infection.
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause meningitis in children, in most cases newborns, but even older children are at risk, particularly those with weakened immune systems (type 1 diabetes, cancer, etc.). What happens is the bacteria travel from the colon to the brain and infect the lining of the brain called the meninges. It is extremely painful and can cause permanent brain damage or wrongful death.
When a company sells food contaminated with L. monocytogenes bacteria and a child gets sick, that company should be held accountable.
Children should be able to eat a caramel apple or deli meat and not get sick. Listeria is particularly dangerous, and companies should take every measure to ensure that food is not contaminated. In basically every case we have handled, the bacteria is found in a processing plant. In one case, this deadly pathogen was swimming in a pool of water under “cleaning” equipment. Hundreds of people were sickened, including babies.
Lawsuit for Meningitis Compensation
As a parent, you can have us file a lawsuit on your child’s behalf. The lawsuit will seek compensation for your little one, including amounts for pain and suffering, future medical expenses and cost of care. Your child’s compensation package should be large enough to cover all expected expenses and losses related to the Listeria poisoning.
Parents also have the right to sue for lost income due to time off of work. In some cases, a parent may lose a job. This puts the family at risk, and all because companies sold unsafe food. Again, compensation should take into account expected future loss of income, as well as income already lost.
Legal Help for Your Child
You can call 1-888-377-8900 or click here now to get a free consultation if your son or daughter has been diagnosed with listeriosis. Our lawyers have successfully handled many of these cases and have a national reputation. They have been interviewed and quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and others.