The investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:h7 infections and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in Georgia has found solid evidence linking the illnesses to the BBQ Shack in Toccoa, GA. Ten people from Georgia have fallen ill, and one from South Carolina. Five of these people developed HUS, a complication of an E. coli infection that causes renal failure, heart attack, stroke, acute diabetes, pancreatitis, respiratory distress and other serious health problems. HUS-E. coli O157 can be fatal.
E. coli and HUS Victims Have the Right to Sue for Compensation
Ten of the E. coli food poisoning victims ate at the restaurant during the weekend of May 2-4, 2013. The eleventh person most likely contracted the illness from another victim of the outbreak. All of these people, even the one who did not eat at the restaurant, have the right to sue the restaurant for E. coli food poisoning.
"Every E. coli outbreak has its own genetic fingerprint," explains Fred Pritzker, an E. coli lawyer who recently won $4,500,00.00 for an E. coli-HUS victim who ate tainted steak at a restaurant. You can contact Fred for a FREE consult here. "If, for example, a parent contracts an E. coli infection from a restaurant and then transmits the illness to his or her child, that child's E. coli infection is also linked to the restaurant. The parent and the child both have the legal right to sue the restaurant for compensation."
The investigation has not found the specific food item responsible for the outbreak. Epidemiologic, environmental, and laboratory investigations are ongoing, and test results may lead to the tainted food item.
"E. coli and HUS victims can sue a restaurant for food poisoning even if the specific food source of the outbreak is never determined," says Pritzker.
Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have won millions for their clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against restaurants and others. You can contact them for a FREE case review here.