E. Coli poisoning is a life-threatening food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the E. Coli bacteria. This poisoning can cause severe illness or even death if not diagnosed and properly treated.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a dangerous strain of E. Coli, seek medical help immediately. The lawyers of Cory Watson Attorneys are investigating recent outbreaks of E. Coli and providing legal consultation for food poisoning victims. For a free case evaluation, call (877) 878-6069.
Symptoms of E. Coli Food Poisoning
Symptoms of E. Coli food poisoning include:
- Abdominal Cramps
Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to suffer more serious illnesses as a result of E. Coli contamination. Young children and older adults may even develop a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Causes of E. Coli Food Poisoning
The most common way to get an E. coli infection is by eating contaminated food, such as:
- Ground beef. When cattle are slaughtered and processed, E. coli bacteria in their intestines can get on the meat. Ground beef combines meat from many different animals, increasing the risk of contamination.
- Unpasteurized milk. E. coli bacteria on a cow’s udder or on milking equipment can get into raw milk.
- Fresh produce. Runoff from cattle farms can contaminate fields where fresh produce is grown. Certain vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce, are particularly vulnerable to this type of contamination.
E. coli bacteria can easily travel from person to person, especially when infected adults and children don’t wash their hands properly. Outbreaks have also occurred among children visiting petting zoos and in animal barns at county fairs.
Get the Help You Deserve
Most cases of food poisoning in the U.S. are caused by contamination by listeria, salmonella or E. Coli bacteria. It’s important to seek medical attention for suspected food poisoning, and consumers also have legal rights when it comes to food safety.
The experienced food safety attorneys at Cory Watson have represented food poisoning victims for more than 30 years and have recovered more than $2.7 billion for our clients. Don’t wait to reach out – call our office today at (877) 878-6069 or fill out an online form for a free legal consultation.