Our law firm filed the first Pizza Ranch E. coli lawsuit this month on behalf of a Kansas family whose 7-year-old child was hospitalized with an infection of E. coli O157. The Minnesota Department of Health was the first public health agency to confirm the outbreak and five Minnesota case patients have been identified. Minnesota E. coli lawyer Ryan Osterholm is accepting additional cases, including lawsuit clients from Minnesota.
Contact Ryan online or call 1-888-377-8900 for a free consultation on litigation that is aimed at fair, comprehensive compensation. Many people are not aware of the long-term health risks associated with E. coli and our stance in foodborne illness litigation across the country is that those liabilities must be covered by food companies and restaurants responsible for outbreaks. In the multi-state Pizza Ranch E. coli outbreak, our law firm’s Bad Bug Law Team is conducting its own private investigation of what went wrong. History has taught us that E. coli outbreaks in the food industry are preventable.
Pizza Ranch E. coli Lawsuit
United States District Court for the District of Kansas (Case No. 2:16-cv-02170) was filed on St. Patrick’s Day by our law firm, along with local counsel associated with us in Kansas.
The lawsuit alleges that on January 31, 2016, the family of S.S. ate at the Pizza Ranch in Emporia, Kansas. A few days after this meal, S.S. fell ill with painful cramps and bloody diarrhea. At the pediatrician’s office, her stool sample tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 and S.S. was hospitalized for more than due weeks for a life-threatening complication known as HUS E. coli. The disease causes kidney failure, also known as acute renal failure, or ARF.
According to health department tests, S.S. was infected by the same strain of E. coli suffered by 12 other people starting in December 2015. Using molecular subtyping of the bacteria and scientific food history surveys taken from case patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced the outbreak to food items served at the Pizza Ranch chain.
Five Reasons to Sue Pizza Ranch
Our food safety lawyers help food poisoning victims hold companies accountable for selling products contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. Over the years, we have secured for them tens of millions of dollars to help them cope with losses caused by infection, hospitalization, lost time at work, suffering, loss of companionship and other damages.
- By filing a lawsuit, there is more assurance that available insurance money is not depleted by payments to other victims.
- With standing in the courts, we can get early access to relevant corporate documents. Without a lawsuit, we cannot force companies to divulge any information.
- A lawsuit crystallizes the food safety message that you and we want to send.
- A lawsuit can lead to a faster settlement.
- An E. coli lawsuit is a public voice for food safety and the reforms necessary to prevent this from happening to someone else.