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National Big Box Store Chain Sued For Serving Chicken Contaminated by E.coli Bacteria

August 15, 2017

Georgia Products Liability Attorneys Issue Warning About Eating E.coli Bacteria Tainted Food From Local Big Box Stores

Eating food contaminated with the E.coli bacteria can be extremely harmful and even fatal. One woman recently filed a lawsuit against a national big box store chain for serving chicken contaminated by the E.coli strain of bacteria, according to Fox News. Unfortunately, the woman fell violently ill and suffered permanent damage from consuming the spoiled food. While there is no way to decipher whether food is spoiled before consuming it, especially in a store whose primary service is to provide retail goods and not food, one must be cautious and seek immediate medical attention if symptoms of illness persist before it is too late.

The woman who filed the lawsuit knew something was wrong almost immediately. She purchased chicken salad from the retail store. Within a short time after consuming the food, she grew very sick. The woman vomited blood, and as soon as she did so went to the local emergency room and was admitted her into intensive care. But, the medical personnel treating the woman were confounded by her symptoms. They tested her for numerous ailments including Chron's disease and Lupus, all to no avail. Finally, the doctors were able to reach a diagnosis only after they received a call from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which suspected that the store's chicken salad was the culprit.  Only then did doctors diagnose her with an E.coli infection. This unfortunate lady was one of 19 who was poisoned by food purchased at the consumer goods retailer.

Unfortunately, the E.coli bacteria was the strongest strain identified to this point. The strain is known as "e-hec 0157" and is known for ripping apart the digestive and other systems. The infection caused the unfortunate woman to suffer from "hemolytic uremic syndrome," which affects only 5 percent of all E.coli sufferers. The woman's kidneys shut down, and she ended up in end-stage renal failure, requiring a kidney transplant. To compound problems, the woman ended up becoming an epileptic and and also developed diabetes because of the e-hec 0157.

The woman and her husband are seeking damages because they have suffered a tremendous loss. Her husband donated a kidney, which saved her life. Also, the woman has years of medical treatments and recovery that lie in her future. Not only was she stuck with a huge medical bill, but the illness forced her to give up on two of the dreams she held most dear. She tragically cannot bear children as a result of the infection, and also had to forgo her dream of becoming a dancer on Broadway.

The plaintiff, like so many other victims injured by others, is left with no other recourse but to seek damages in court. The woman stated that she does not have the means to pay for future medical bills and procedures that will literally help keep her alive. 

This is a terribly sad tale. In Georgia, a person would have a right to file a claim against the purveyor of contaminated food under the legal theories of general negligence and possibly product liability as well. Either theory of recovery would grant her the opportunity to seek damages for her past and future medical expenses, lost economic opportunity, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.


Category: Personal Injury

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