According to the KiroTV.com, three people in Thurston County and six people in Pierce County in Washington State have become ill with E-coli after eating tainted lettuce. A few of these victims has been hospitalized.
Health Department officials said they are tracking down the source of the tainted lettuce but that it appears not to be sold in stores, rather the infection is traced to a “restaurant, a cafeteria or a food vendor.”
The World Health Organization estimates there are 76 million cases of food poisoning a year in the United States. Of those cases, approximately 5,000 people die. Foodborne illness is especially dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women, young children, infants and those with compromised immune systems.
If a food vendor fails to follow strict hygiene rules and serves contaminated food, they many be liable for damages including medical costs incurred by the food poisoning victim. The Farber Law Group, a Washington E-coli attorney, has more than 40 years experience in representing people with serious illness due to food poisoning. In the past, we won sizable settlements for our client, including for one young boy who became seriously ill after eating at a popular fast food restaurant chain.
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