A Salmonella food poisoning lawyer can help you get compensation for illness from contaminated food. Lawyers at our law firm have won millions in lawsuits against restaurants and food companies, including $6.5 million on behalf of a child who suffered permanent brain damage and $4.5 million on behalf of a man who got meningitis and almost died.
You may have the right to sue a food company, restaurant or grocery store for Salmonella food poisoning if the following applies:
- You have been diagnosed with salmonellosis; and
- There is sufficient evidence connecting your illness to a food product or location (restaurant, for example).
One of our lawyers, Eric Hageman, was quoted in a PEOPLE article about a $1.95 million lawsuit he won on behalf of a family whose little one was severely sickened by chicken contaminated with Salmonella bacteria:
“Foster Farms had known for years that it had a problem with Salmonella in its raw chicken, both from its own internal testing and from prior outbreaks to which Foster Farms had been linked,” one of the Cratens’ lawyers, Eric Hageman, told PEOPLE in a statement. “However, it failed to take steps to mitigate or eliminate Salmonella in its chicken, primarily because the USDA does not have a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella on raw chicken (as it does for E. coli in ground beef).”
The legal claims in every Salmonella poisoning lawsuit are based on the following theories of recovery:
- Strict liability – Products sold are not supposed to cause harm.
- Negligence – Sellers of food at every level are supposed to use reasonable care to ensure the safety of the food.
- Breach of warranty – Sellers of food warrant that it is fit to eat.
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These cases depend on microbiologic and statistical evidence. Our lawyers are some of the few in the nation who have won food poisoning cases using this evidence. We highly recommend you hire a lawyer who has experience with outbreak investigations and litigation.
“Our law firm represents Salmonella victims nationwide. The insurance companies involved in these outbreaks know our lawyers and that we won’t accept bad settlements.”Attorney Eric Hageman
Your Salmonella Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation
The most common source of illness is food contaminated with the feces of infected people or animals. People who come into contact with stool need only pick up a few cells of Salmonella bacterium to become infected. Companies that handle food are required to take measures to prevent contamination and to detect contamination before food is sold to consumers. When that does not happen, people get sick. It is our job to hold companies liable for selling contaminated food.
Although the number of cases reported in the U.S. annually is about 40,000, it is estimated that up to four million infections occur in this nation each year because mild cases are often not reported or diagnosed.
Your settlement should include amounts for serious complications, like meningitis (brain infection), sepsis, heart damage, pancreatitis, and severe colitis (requiring surgery called a colectomy).
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What is Salmonella?
The term Salmonella actually refers to a group of bacteria, many of which cause diarrheal illness in animals and humans. There are many different kinds of this bacteria. S. Typhimurium (or .Typhi) can cause the illness typhoid. The illness caused by other types, including S. Enteritidis, which is common in the U.S., is called salmonellosis.
Complications include the following:
- Bacteremia – life-threatening infection of the blood that can infect the brain (meningitis), heart (endocarditis), bones (osteomyelitis), and other parts of the body, resulting in sepsis;
- Reactive Arthritis – eye irritation, painful urination, painful joints and other sources of pain;
- Meningitis – brain infection;
- Wrongful Death
Salmonella Lawyers at Our Law Firm Investigate Outbreaks
The following are a few of the outbreaks our Salmonella lawyers are investigating:
- A recall has been issued for Busetto brand charcuterie platters sold at Sam’s Club and Fratelli Beretta antipasto packages sold at Costco. Both of these products have been linked to a large Salmonella outbreak in 22 states. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it.
- A Salmonella outbreak has been linked to Malichita brand cantaloupe imported from Mexico. The melons were sold whole under the Malichita brand name and cut under other brand names at stores including ALDI, Walmart and others under the brand names Malichita, Rudy, Vineyard, CF Dallas and ALDI. At least 99 people from 32 states have been sickened in this outbreak and two people have died.
- A Salmonella outbreak linked to Gills fresh diced onions sickened 73 people in 22 states. The affected onions were sold at Basha’s Market, Chefstone, Smart & Final, and Stater Bros. stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
- A Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef sold at ShopRite stores sickening 18 people in four states.
- A Salmonella outbreak linked to deli items served at a Fresh Market store in Buckhead, GA, sickened 15 people, half of whom required hospitalization, according to Georgia health officials.
- Our legal team is investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak that may be linked to the strawberry and pumpkin patch farm at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company in San Diego County, California.
- The FDA has identified cantaloupe as the likely source of an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that sickened at least 87 people in 2022. No further information was provided other than that the risk to the public is over, likely due to all possibly affected cantaloupe having been sold. Cantaloupe has a long history as a source of food poisoning outbreaks.
- Our attorneys are investigating a report of a possible Salmonella outbreak in Altoona, Pennsylvania that might be linked to a local Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the town.
- Seven reports of Salmonella cases have been linked to Buba Noodle Bar on Lowell Street in Manchester, NH. One person has been hospitalized. The Manchester Health Department ordered the restaurant to close down operations during the investigation.
- The FDA has issued a recall notice for multiple brands of Jif peanut butter that has led to at least 14 Salmonella illnesses in 12 states.
- Possible turkey jerky contaminated with Salmonella outbreak: The FDA identified a Salmonella Javiana outbreak of unknown origin affecting at least 28 people. Pritzker Hageman Salmonella lawyers have analyzed the data and believe this outbreak may be linked to turkey jerky. We are continuing to investigate to verify this and determine if a product can be identified.
- Red, yellow and white onions, used in restaurants and food service and sold at retail and wholesale between July 1 – August 27, 2021 have been linked to over 650 Salmonella illnesses nationwide.
- Salami meat sticks, sold as “Citterio Salme Sticks” at Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s have sickened over 20 people in California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.
- Fresh fish sold in restaurants and supermarkets in Colorado between May 1 and October 7, 2021 has been linked to a large Salmonella Thompson outbreak.
- Great Moon Buffet in West St. Paul, MN has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella. Onset of salmonella poisoning was reported in June and July of 2021.
- Breaded stuffed chicken products manufactured by Serenade Foods and sold under the Kirkwood, Milford Valley, and Dutch Farms brands have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak in eight states.
- BrightFarms packaged salad greens has been linked to multiple illnesses in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.
- An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis that occurred between June and August 2020, linked to fresh peaches distributed by Wawona and sold at Target, ALDI and other stores.
- A Salmonella Newport outbreak first identified in July 2020, has been linked to red onions produced by Thompson International of Bakersfield, CA. This outbreak has sickened hundreds of people nationwide.
- The Si Casa Flores restaurant chain in Grants Pass, Oregon has been linked to multiple cases of Salmonella poisoning in June and July of 2020.
- Papayas sold in 8 states, contaminated with Salmonella (Salmonella Uganda Strain). 62 people sickened and 23 hospitalized as of June 28, 2019. Sold in retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Some victims were sickened in Texas and Florida as well.
- Butterball Ground Turkey: The CDC announced on March 13, 2019 that five people have been sickened in Wisconsin and one other state. The affected products were sold in 2018, but might still be in some people’s freezers.
- Supermercado Rivera in Chicago: At least 6 people developed Salmonella infections from Supermercado Rivera in Chicago after eating carnitas and other foods. People who got sick purchased the contaminated food from the grocery store on W 51st St between February 23-24, 2019.
- JBS Tolleson Beef: A Salmonella outbreak linked to beef produced by JBS Tolleson Inc., an Arizona company, has sickened 57 people from 16 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). In response, the company issued a recall for 6.5 million pounds of beef. The recalled products, ground beef and ground chuck sold as burgers and in chubs of various sizes, were packaged on various dates from July 26 to Sept. 7, 2018 and have the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products may have been sold under the following brands: Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/ Walmart. The products were distributed to Walmart, Winn Dixie, Sprouts, Savemart and others.
- Pot ‘O Gold Dairy Raw Milk: At least nine people were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk produced by Pot ‘O Gold Dairy in Bear Lake, PA. In recent years, raw milk products have been the source of a number of food poisoning outbreaks.
- Salmonella from Raw Chicken: 92 people aged less than one to 105 years old were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken products. The dates of onset-of-illness ranged from January 19 to September 9, 2018. 89 percent of these reported preparing or eating chicken that had been purchased raw before they had symptoms of illness. The raw chicken products were purchased from multiple stores and labeled with a number of different brands.
- Gravel Ridge Farm Eggs Update: Shell eggs produced at Gravel Ridge Farm in Cullen County, Alabama are the likely cause of an outbreak that has sickened 38 illnesses in seven states: AL (7), CO (1), IA (1), KY (1), OH (4), MT (1), TN (23), according to the CDC. The company issued a recall for Gravel Ridge eggs on September 6, 2018: eggs packaged in single-dozen cardboard cartons and 2.5-dozen cardboard flats with the UPC 7-06970-38444-6 and “use by” dates from July 25, 2018, through October 31, 2018. Some of these eggs were distributed to restaurants, which means restaurant lawsuits against Gravel Ridge Farm for Salmonella from eggs are possible. The Gravel Ridge Farm egg recall was expanded on October 2, 2018.
- Salmonella from Kelloggs Sugar Smacks Cereal: The Kellogg Company has announced a recall of Honey Smacks cereal prompted by reports of Salmonella illnesses associated with the product. The recall includes 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. boxes with “best before dates of JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019. The recalled 15.3 oz-packages have the UPC 3800039103 and the recalled 23 oz- packages have the UPC 3800014810. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall. Read more: Kellogg Salmonella, Lawyer Investigates Lawsuit and Honey Smacks Salmonella Lawsuit Lawyers.
- Melons Purchased at Walmart and Other Stores: On June 12, 2018, attorneys on our food safety law team filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 73-year-old Ohio woman who was sickened in the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to pre-cut melon produced at Caito Foods, LLC in Indianapolis. According to the lawsuit the melon product was purchased at a Walmart store in Findlay, Ohio. Read more about the melon Salmonella lawsuit filed by our law firm.
- Salmonella from Eggs: A 2018 Salmonella outbreak linked to shell eggs produced at Rose Acre Farm and sold under a variety of brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix and Sunshine Farms and Sunups has sickened 23 people in nine states.
- Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles: Our law firm is investigating an outbreak linked to Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles. Before this product was recalled in March of 2018, it was distributed to the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Find out if you have a lawsuit for Salmonella from Natural Grocers coconut smiles.
- Lawsuit filed against Fareway Foods: Pritzker Hageman attorneys filed a lawsuit against Fareway Stores, Inc. alleging Salmonella from chicken salad sold at a Des Moines, Iowa, Fareway grocery store in February of 2018.
- Restaurant in Minnesota: Pritzker Hageman attorneys are representing people who contracted Salmonella in Minnesota, in early 2018.
- Multistate Outbreak Linked to Shredded Coconut: At least 25 people in 9 states have been sickened to date. Find out if you can sue for Salmonella from coconut served in a drink at a restaurant.
- Toyo Tire Food Poisoning in Georgia: Hundreds of people were sickened who ate a catered meal at Toyo Tire in White, Georgia, on November 15, 2017. We are representing people sickened in the Toyo Tire Salmonella food poisoning outbreak, and a lawsuit against the restaurant that catered the meal will be filed soon.
- Best BBQ in Chicago: Pritzker Hageman attorneys are representing a client who contracted Salmonella food poisoning after eating at Best BBQ on 1648 West 115th Street in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood in August of 2017. This client was one of at least 14 people who became ill.
- Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill Restaurant in New Haven – People who ate at Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill restaurant in June of 2017, located at 1158 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, are part of a Salmonella outbreak, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).
- Duffy’s Bar and Grill in Osseo, Minnesota – Pritzker Hageman attorneys are leading our investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis associated with eating at Duffy’s Bar and Grill in Osseo, MN, in February of 2017.
- MOOO Restaurant in the XV Beacon Hotel in Boston – Pritzker Hageman attorneys are representing several people who were diagnosed with Salmonella after eating at the MOOO…. (ellipses are part of the name) restaurant located in Boston’s XV Beacon Hotel.
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