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Escherichia coli O157:H7, commonly known as E.coli, is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness in the United States. Many strains of E.coli are harmless. However, E.coli O157:H7 produces a powerful toxin, which can cause severe illness in infected people. If you or a loved one has contracted E.coli, a knowledgeable New York city personal injury attorney can fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
What is E.coli?
E.coli if a form of bacteria that lives in mammal’s digestive tracts. E.coli O157:H7 is one of America’s leading cause of food poisoning and causes severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps in people that have contracted the disease. E.coli can also lead to Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or HUS, which may in turn lead to kidney failure, stroke, coma, and death. Most people infected with E.coli make a full recovery. However, for some patients, especially children and the elderly, an E.coli infection can be deadly.
How is E.coli Spread?
E.coli 0157:H7 usually lives in the intestines of healthy cattle, goats, and sheep. The bacteria, excreted with the livestock’s fecal matter, can contaminate our food supply, particularly during slaughter. Water contaminated with the bacteria can spread E.coli when it is used to wash vegetables. Finally, unsafe food handling practices in restaurants can contaminate food preparation surfaces – further spreading the bacteria if infected meat enters a kitchen.
E.coli and The Law
E.coli lawsuits vary in complexity so it is best to consult an experienced New York personal injury attorney if you have suffered from an E.coli infection. E.coli lawsuits generally proceed on a few legal theories including:
- Strict liability which does not require you to show the manufacturer or restaurant was negligent.
- Violation of express or implied warranty which requires one to prove that a seller claimed food was safe to eat when it was not.
- Negligence which requires one to prove that a manufacturer or restaurant did not exercise due care when producing the food that became infected with E.coli.
Consult an Experienced New York E. Coli Attorney
If you have suffered from an E.coli infection after eating contaminated food, you may be entitled to compensation. Whether the infection was the result of unsanitary preparation in a restaurant or processing plant, at Robinson & Yablon, P.C. you will find a passionate team that is prepared to fight for your rights. Contact us at (212) 725-8566 and set up a consultation today.