Some strains of E. coli bacteria cause serious food poisoning and could be the subject of E. coli lawsuits.  Food poisoning associated with E. coli is often associated with eating unwashed vegetables or contaminated meat, but other types of food can be infected during the manufacturing process.  Young people and the elderly are at an increased risk of dying from an E. coli infection.  Hemolytic uremic syndrome (“HUS”), a dangerous disease characterized by renal failure and anemia, is a significant danger to young people infected with E. coli.  When a person ingests E. coli bacteria, he or she can suffer E. coli symptoms including intense diarrhea, a high fever, or even peritonitis, which is an infection of the intestines that may be fatal without immediate treatment.  If caught soon enough, E. coli bacteria can be treated with standard antibiotics, but antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming increasingly more prominent.  The E. coli lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard are currently investigating E. coli lawsuits over food products that are contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

E. Coli Ground Beef Lawsuit

E. coli lawyers have recently filed an E. coli lawsuit against JBS Swift Beef, after a 14-year-old boy developed HUS, a devastating complication of e. coli infection from kabobs he had eaten that were allegedly infected with the E. coli bacteria.  JBS Swift Beef has distributed over 41 million pounds of beef since 2007 that may contain the E. coli bacteria.  Several retailers that sell JBS Swift Beef products, particularly ground beef, have been affected, including Kroger, which was forced to recall its ground beef in certain states.  17 cases of possible E. coli infections have been linked to JBS Swift Beef in possibly including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.  More E. coli lawsuits could be filed.

E. Coli Cookie Dough

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently confirmed the presence of E. coli strain 0157:H7 in Nestle Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, and Nestle issued a cookie dough recall of all varieties of prepackaged refrigerated cookie dough. E. coli 0157:H7 infections can be fatal, and cause watery diarrhea, peritonitis, and fever.  51 people in 31 states have suffered from E. coli infections linked to cookie dough.  34 of the victims were hospitalized and may have the right to bring an E. coli lawsuit, and 10 were diagnosed with HUS, which present greater potential damages recoverable by an E. coli lawsuit.

E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyers

If you are experiencing E. coli symptoms, contact your physician, who can order a stool culture to detect an E. coli infection.  If you are diagnosed with E. coli, you should contact an E. coli lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard for a free E. coli lawsuit evaluation about your legal rights.  Contact an E. coli lawyer today for more information about E. coli infections.

Published November 17, 2011 by