$695,000 Settlement for Man Who Consumed E. Coli Infected Food

Man misses two months of work due to E. coli

Published: March 25th, 2011

The plaintiff was a healthy 26-year-old man who suffered an E. coli infection after consuming a nationally distributed food product in May 2009.

He was hospitalized for two weeks for hemolytic uremic syndrome, acute renal failure and severe hypotension. He was out of work for two months and thereafter returned to normal without any long-term effects.

The defendant food producer argued that the causal link to its product was purely circumstantial and not based on any direct evidence. It also argued that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent because he delayed seeking medical treatment for one week after he first became ill, thus exacerbating his condition.

The case settled before suit was filed.

Action: Products liability

Injuries alleged: Hemolytic uremic syndrome, acute renal failure and hypotension

Case name: Withheld

Court/case no.: Withheld

Jury and/or judge: N/A (settled)

Amount: $695,000

Date: Jan. 15, 2011

Attorneys: Ralph F. Sbrogna and Roger J. Brunelle, Brunelle & Donius, Worcester (for the plaintiff)

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