According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year 325,000 Americans are hospitalized and approximately 5,000 die from foodborne infections such as E. coli. While most healthy people recover quickly from the illness which causes stomach cramps and severe diarrhea, the young, immuno-compromised and the elderly often become very ill because of the disease. In the past year, we have seen recalls of bagged salads and frozen pizza because of potential E. coli or salmonella contamination.
In 1993, an E.coli outbreak at a fast food restaurant chain in Washington State sickened hundreds and killed four children. The Associated Press (AP) interviewed Alyssa Chrobuck who was sickened at the age of 5 in the infamous Jack-in-the-Box case. Now a college student, Chrobuck feels lucky to be alive because her major organs started to shut down after she was infected. Her parents were told that she would die. She recovered from the initial illness but has suffered health effects ever since and takes eight medications daily.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a serious complication of E. coli poisoning. HUS is a form of severe kidney damages which is fatal in 10% of the cases. HUS survivors experience serious health problems that linger, sometimes for a lifetime.
E. coli is a common bacteria that lives in the intestines of people and animals. Many strains are harmless but one dangerous strain, O157:H7 produces a powerful poison. People are sickened if E. coli gets into their food or water source. This happens when proper hygienic practices are not maintained such as washing hands and food properly.
If you or a family member has been hospitalized because of a foodborne illness such as E. coli or if a loved one has suffered serious health complications or died due to a food-borne illness, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages and medical costs. Contact The Farber Law Group who has been successful in obtaining awards for victims of E.coli. Because of the lingering health effects of E. coli, you need to make sure your rights are preserved.