Attorney Fred Pritzker has won money for families whose loved ones died of vibriosis after eating raw oysters served at restaurants.
You can call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or use the form below to contact Fred for your free consultation about a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a restaurant.
What is Vibriosis?
Vibriosisis is an infection caused by one of many species of Vibrio bacteria found in salty, coastal, sea waters in the United States and Canada: alginolyticus, cincinnatiensis, damsela, fluvialis, furnissii, hollisae, metschnikovii, mimicus, parahaemolyticus, and vulnificus. Two species cause the most illnesses, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus, which is fatal 50% of the time. When it is fatal, the family may have a wrongful death claim against a restaurant.
Most of our cases are linked to raw oysters served at an oyster bar or restaurant, but in some cases, those sickened may have a claim against a processor, distributor or retailer. Oysters are most often linked to illness, but other seafood can also be contaminated with Vibrio, including clams, crab, crawfish, lobster, mussels, and shrimp. Most cases of vibriosis occur in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
With most of our cases, there was not a recall.
What are the Symptoms of Vibriosis?
When swallowed, Vibrio causes diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. These symptoms usually happen within 24 hours of eating the raw seafood. Persons with weak immune systems or liver disease are at higher risk of getting an infection in their blood (sepsis or septic shock) due to Vibrio species.
If you suspect you have vibriosis, you should seek medical treatment. To determine if you have this infection, your healthcare provider may take a stool sample to test for Vibrio. He/she may suspect Vibrio food poisoning if you have watery diarrhea and have eaten raw or undercooked seafood, especially oysters, or if a wound gets infected after contact with sea water.