Our law firm is representing a child sickened after attending the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, North Dakota, held from July 7-12, 2015. Attorney Eric Hageman is lead attorney for that case.
The North Dakota Department of Health says it has not found the specific source of the outbreak. This does not preclude the parents of children sickened in the outbreak from seeking compensation and justice.
Parents trust fair management, vendors and animal owners to make sure children are safe from dangerous pathogens like E. coli. Sadly, that trust is often misplaced. Our law firm has represented children sickened in other outbreaks linked to fairs. To prevent illnesses like the one our young client contracted, sanitation has to be the top priority.
State health officials report 5 confirmed cases of E. coli, and almost 60 probable cases. All of the confirmed cases were children. The ages for all cases ranged from 9 months to 68 years. Most had onset of illness from July 7 to July 22.
Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz told the Bismarck Tribune that animals in the exhibits come from North Dakota State University and other animals come from private owners who are vetted.1 He also said that the fair “has always taken precautionary measures to protect attendees, including using a protocol of spraying down its barns after any horse or cattle shows. The fair does not allow food vendors near the animal areas.”
Our law firm is one of the few in the nation that practices extensively in the area of food poisoning litigation.
Bismarck Tribune: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/no-exact-cause-of-e-coli-found-after-july-outbreak/article_edde0e80-4367-58f3-b8b9-45d785544d20.html