Wrongful death suit filed in salmonella-tainted peanut butter case

The family of Shirley Mae Almer, age 72, whose death may have been as a direct result of the salmonella- tainted peanut butter she ate, have filed a wrongful death suit in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis. The family is asking for damages of more than $50,000 according to Forbes.com.

In filing the lawsuit, Almer’s family says that the negligence of Peanut Corporation of America, the manufacturer, and King Nut, the distributor, caused Almer’s death.

More than 390 products containing peanut butter or peanut paste manufactured at Peanut Corporation of America’s Georgia plant have been recalled including snack cakes, ice cream, cookies and dog biscuits. The CDC has found four separate strains of salmonella bacteria at the plant and have traced one strain in common with 501 people in 43 states who have been sickened after consuming peanut butter products manufactured at the plant. For a complete list of recalls, check the FDA’s web-site here: “Search for Peanut Butter Product Recalls.”

Salmonella is a foodborne illness which causes abdominal cramping and severe diarrhea in infected people. It can be deadly to the young, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. According to the report, Almer was recovering from cancer treatments and other ailments when she became sickened because of salmonella.

A wrongful death suit can be filed on behalf of a deceased person by their family. A family may be able to recover damages if it can be proved that a person or entity’s negligence caused their loved ones death.

The Farber Law Group, an experienced personal injury attorney firm with offices in Seattle and Bellevue, may be able to help you if you have had a family member die due to someone else’s negligence. Wrongful death can arise from car accidents, work-related injuries, falls at property that was not properly maintained or due to foodborne illness provided by a food manufacturer or restaurant.

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