Apple Minnesota LLC has been sued in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in connection with an outbreak of E. coli O111 that has sickened 15 people in the state and garnered the attention of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the latest release of information from the Minnesota Department of Health, nine Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants have been associated with the illnesses.
Those locations include Woodbury, Roseville, Duluth, Bemidji, Willmar, Monticello, New Hope and two Applebees in Blaine.The Woodbury Applebees is where Keith Comstock, a resident of a nearby suburb, ordered and consumed an Oriental Chicken Salad on June 24. "Unbeknownst to him, the oriental chicken salad consumed that day was contaminated with E. coli O111 bacteria and wholly unfit for human consumption,'' according to the complaint filed by E. coli lawyers Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm.
Three days later, Mr. Comstock began to suffer severe abdominal cramping, so bad that he sought medical treatment. While under a doctor's care, he tested positive for E. coli O111 and remained sick for several weeks. Like other victims of this outbreak, Mr. Comstock is at dramatically increased risk for a variety of chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.
Other Minnesotans infected in this outbreak have since contacted the Pritzker law firm and the attorneys are continuing to sign additional cases. In a previous E. coli outbreak, Mr. Pritzker won $4.5 million for a young woman who ate at Applebees with her parents and developed E. coli HUS -- a potentially fatal disease -- from eating contaminated steak.
Putting a dollar value on a person's past physical and mental pain is not the only function of a food poisoning lawsuit. The suits recognize past and future medical and hospital expenses, past and future loss of income and future pain. They shift the financial burden onto parties responsible for the contamination to hold them accountable for negligence. E. coli O111 has no place in food and its presence in restaurants is preventable.
As investigators continue to look for the precise cause of the Minnesota Applebees E. coli outbreak, attorneys at PritzkerOlsen P.A. will be meeting with their clients as they chart the course of litigation. If your or a loved one has been sickened in this outbreak, contact us now for a free consultation, You pay us nothing until your case is won.