One month after the Minnesota Department of Health associated Applebees restaurants in the state with an outbreak of E. coli O111, the number of publicly announced illnesses stands at 15. The latest press release from the agency said anyone who visited a Minnesota Applebee’s since June 20 and had symptoms of E. coli O111 infection (particularly bloody diarrhea) should contact their health care provider and inform them of their possible involvement in the outbreak. If you are a confirmed case patient who wants to pursue a legal claim against Applebees, contact E. coli lawyers Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty or Ryan Osterholm at the PritzkerOlsen law firm.
That trio of attorneys filed the first E. coli lawsuit in connection with the Minnesota outbreak linked to Applebee's and they have continued to take on additional clients. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (case 0:14-cv-02907) was filed on behalf of Keith Comstock, who was diagnosed with an E. coli O111 infection after eating at the Applebee’s restaurant in Woodbury, Minnesota, near his home. He ate Oriental Chicken Salad and Applebee's temporarily removed that item from its Minnesota menus during the height of the outbreak investigation. They have since switched suppliers for certain ingredients in that dish and returned it to the menu.
E. coli O111 is a highly toxic foodborne pathogen and Mr. Comstock was sick for weeks. As the lawsuit against Applebees will explain, E. coli infections of this type also present long-term health risks ranging from kidney impairment, severe high blood pressure and other internal dysfunction. In that regard, the Applebees suit will he lawsuit seeks compensation for Mr. Comstock for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages for both now and the future. PrizkerOlsen is a national food safety law firm with offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Attorneys for the firm have won millions for food poisoning victims in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against restaurants, food processors and others.
As a result of Minnesota's scientific investigation into the outbreak, laboratory analysis found that the outbreak strain of E. coli O111 has not previously been detected in the United States. Minnesota Health Department officials have worked with Applebee’s, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and other regulatory partners to determine the precise cause of the outbreak. But even if the cause is not pinpointed, Applebees will continue to be linked to the illnesses.