The Pritzker Hageman food safety lawyers are investigating a fast-growing E. coli outbreak linked to Wendy’s restaurants that has caused severe illness across the Midwest. We have been contacted by over 35 people seriously sickened after eating hamburgers and sandwiches at Wendy’s.
Several people sickened in this outbreak have ended up in the ICU with E. coli complications, including a dangerous type of kidney disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Our E. coli lawyers have been retained by multiple clients with HUS, including children at risk for permanent brain damage.
As of September 1, the CDC has reported 97 E. coli cases in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and New York. The Pritzker Hageman outbreak investigation team believes the number of people sickened will likely grow to the hundreds.
After interviewing people sickened, the CDC says romaine lettuce used exclusively on Wendy’s hamburgers and sandwiches is the likely source of this E. coli outbreak. Our legal team has been examining legal documents, health department records, and medical evidence to identify the romaine supplier and determine all of the responsible parties.
Food Companies Are Responsible for Protecting Consumers
Food companies and their chosen suppliers are responsible for keeping harmful pathogens like E. coli out of our food supply. When food safety procedures are not properly followed, people can become severely ill and even die.
Just days after the E. coli outbreak announcement, instead of concentrating on their customers’ safety, Wendy’s threw an exclusive and lavish party at a Los Angeles nightclub to promote one of their products.
Pritzker Hageman attorney Eric Hageman says, “Wendy’s claims it doesn’t ‘cut corners’ on its burgers, but clearly, it was cutting corners when it comes to the safety of its food.”
E. coli Food Poisoning Symptoms
Symptoms of an E. coli infection typically appear within one week of exposure and may include any of the following:
- Diarrhea (often bloody)
- Abdominal cramps
After affecting the digestive tract, certain strains of E. coli can cause HUS, which damages the blood vessels and leads to kidney damage. Symptoms of HUS may include fatigue, paleness, shortness of breath, unexplained bruising, decreased urination, and swelling.
5 Things You Should Do If You Think You Have E. coli Food Poisoning
- See your doctor for medical treatment.
- Ask your doctor for a stool test to look for E. coli bacteria.
- Contact your state or local health department to report your illness.
- Check if you have any contaminated food left in your home. Do not eat it. Ask your health department if they want to collect it for testing or throw it away.
- Contact an experienced food safety lawyer.
Contact our Award-Winning Team of E. coli Lawyers
The Pritzker Hageman E. coli lawyers help people sickened by contaminated food get the justice and compensation they deserve. Our legal team has won hundreds of millions of dollars for people sickened by contaminated food, including one of the largest E. coli monetary settlements in U.S. history.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning after eating at Wendy’s, you should talk to an experienced lawyer right away because laws called “statutes of limitations” may limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. For a free consultation, please call 1-888-377-8900, text 612-261-0856, or fill out the form below.