Our firm has begun an E. coli lawsuit investigation in the wake of an outbreak at The Learning Vine childcare center in Greenwood County, South Carolina. The basis of litigation is rooted in findings related to 14 children and family members who have been confirmed as shared victims of E. coli O157:H7 infection. The agency that confirmed the outbreak is the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Officials there linked the illnesses to The Learning Vine, but cited federal privacy restrictions in not saying how many of the kids were hospitalized or how they are classified by age or gender. Now The Learning Vine is cleared to reopen following informational sessions between health officials and the families who were involved.
Even if further investigation fails to uncover the precise mode of transmission in The Learning Vine outbreak, E. coli lawsuits could still unfold in South Carolina courts. If you or your child has been sickened in the Learning Vine E. coli outbreak, contact a lawyer on the Bad Bug Law Team at our law firm. Our own experience with clients confirms what multiple studies have shown: Toxic E. coli infections cause long-term health consequences beyond the initial pain, injury and disruption to your life. For instance, those who suffer E. coli kidney failure risk serious kidney trouble in the future, sometimes requiring transplant. Any fair settlement of your legal case should include these future considerations. Our lawyers have represented E. coli outbreak patients in outbreaks throughout the country and our law team has achieved multi-million dollar results in certain cases.
Laboratory testing performed to screen for E. coli O157:H7 has an accuracy rate of 99.7 percent. While 194 tests in South Carolina’s investigation came back negative, positive results confirmed 11 cases from The Learning Vine outbreak. The health agency said there has been no onset of new illness since June 1. South Carolina’s DHEC also received confirmation that the facility has corrected a list of 14 deficiencies cited in an inspection report.