Pritzker Hageman attorneys are helping victims of the E. coli O157 outbreak associated with the Bar-B-Q Shack in Toccoa, Georgia. To date, 18 cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported in Stephens County, Georgia.

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Health officials have not found the BBQ Shack menu item that was contaminated with E. coli. Even so, E. coli victims and their families have claims against the restaurant for hospital and other medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.

“In some restaurant outbreak cases, it’s not possible to identify the precise food product responsible for a person’s illness,” said Fred, who recently won $4.5 million from a restaurant for an E. coli victim. “For example, if you order a hamburger with lettuce and tomatoes, the adulterated product that caused illness may be any one of the three items. Even if health officials can’t say for sure which product was responsible, you still have a good case against the restaurant.”

Of the sickened, at least seven required hospitalization and five of those individuals went on to develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)– a very serious complication of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections that can cause kidney failure and death, especially in children and the elderly.