A lettuce E. coli lawsuit for an illness or death linked to the romaine lettuce outbreak is the only way victims can receive compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages, according to veteran E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker, founding partner of the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman. Most of the people included in this outbreak ate romaine lettuce at restaurants including Panera Bread, Red Lobster, Papa Murphy’s and Texas Road House.
The E. coli attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have represented clients in every major food poisoning outbreak in the last two decades and recently won a $7.55 million verdict in a suit filed on behalf of a young child who was diagnosed with E. coli and suffered kidney failure. They are representing clients in this outbreak and accepting new clients. To speak with them about an E. coli illness or death associated with contaminated romaine lettuce, use this online form or call toll-free 1(888) 377-8900. There is no obligation.
Romaine E. coli Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an end to the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, AZ on June 28, 2018. The outbreak, which began March 13, 2018, sickened 210 people in 36 states. Ninety six people were hospitalized, five of them died.
The number of illnesses reported form each state is as follows: Alabama (3) Alaska (8), Arkansas (1), Arizona (9), California (49), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (3), Georgia (5), Idaho (12), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (9), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (11), North Carolina (1), North Dakota (3), Ohio (7), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (24), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (4), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (8), and Wisconsin (3).
E. coli HUS
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a form of kidney failure that develops in about 7 percent of people with E. coli infections. HUS causes red blood cells to be misshapen clogging the filtering function of the kidneys. Dialysis and blood transfusions are among the treatments for HUS. In addition to kidney failure, it can cause seizure, stroke, coma and death. Children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for developing HUS.
Twenty-seven people sickened in this outbreak developed HUS. Arkansas, California and New York each reported one death associated with this outbreak. In Minnesota, two people died.