Romaine E. coli lawsuits against California Papa Murphy’s restaurants allege plaintiffs, who are part of a cluster of illnesses linked to the take-and-bake pizza chain, suffered HUS kidney failure and other serious health conditions. The E. coli outbreak, which has sickened 197 people in 35 states, includes 89 hospitalizations, 26 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and five fatalities.
The lawsuits involve multiple Papa Murphy’s locations including Rocklin, Alamo and American Canyon. The plaintiffs say they became ill after eating salads from the restaurants. One of the lawsuits involved multiple family members, two of them involve small children who developed HUS. One young boy spent 16 days in the hospital and underwent four blood transfusions, according to the lawsuit filed against Papa Murphy’s.
With a nationwide practice, the E. coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman, who are representing clients sickened in this outbreak, have represented clients in nearly every major outbreak over the last 20 years. They have secured multiple multi-million-dollar awards for E. coli HUS clients, including a $7.5 million verdict. Contact them for a free, no-obligation consultation about an E. coli illness or death.
Children at Elevated Risk for HUS
HUS is a life-threatening complication associated with E. coli infections. It causes blood vessels t become damaged and clots form blocking the filtering system of the kidneys. This can lead to kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma and death. Treatments include dialysis, blood transfusions and plasma therapy.
Between 5 percent and 10 percent of E. coli patients develop HUS. Children, especially those under the age of five, are at elevated risk for HUS. The condition usually develops a week after initial symptoms of an E. coli infection. When symptoms of HUS appear it is imperative to seek immediate emergency medical care as HUS can be fatal.
- Decreased urination
- Pale skin
- Unexplained weakness
- Unexplained bruises or bleeding