Oklahoma Youth Expo livestock extravaganza draws families from all of Oklahoma's 77 counties every March in Oklahoma City. The 10-day event is known as the world's largest junior livestock show and this year's OYE -- after concluding March 21 -- has been the subject of a public health investigation into the spread of E. coli poisoning. Individuals from more than 10 families have been stricken.
HUS E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law team have represented individuals in past E. coli outbreaks associated with livestock shows, animal exhibits and petting zoos and his firm has commenced its own probe of the Youth Expo E. coli outbreak. “It is vitally important that no stone be left unturned to find the source of this outbreak,” said attorney Pritzker. “Once the source is known, steps can be taken to adequately compensate the children and their families.''
In past outbreaks, operators have learned from mistakes that have put children at risk and families have won lawsuits that tied unsafe conditions to the spread of disease. For years now, a variety of public health authorities have been issuing standards of safety to prevent the spread of fecal bacteria to humans attending animal shows of all kinds. Those protections -- including a comprehensive set advanced by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- are vital to protecting the young and old.
Even if the exact source of the OYE E. coli outbreak is never found, it may be possible for injured families to be compensated through litigation. Mr. Pritzker has helped clients get compensation after being sickened by cattle, goats and llama. He also won a wrongful death settlement for parents whose young son died after attending a state fair where animals were on display. The specific source of that outbreak was never determined. Contact Fred or another lawyer at the firm by calling 1-888-377-8900. Consultations are free and can begin with an online contact.