Lawsuits Filed Following Listeria Outbreak
Several people have filed negligence lawsuits against a Colorado farming operation following a listeria outbreak stemming from the sale of tainted cantaloupes. According to the LA Times, the total number of deaths linked to the listeria outbreak has increased to 29, with six deaths occurring from October 24th to November 2nd alone. The Centers for Disease Control is calling the outbreak the deadliest food-borne outbreak in the U.S. since 1985.
As of November 1st, the CDC reported that at least 139 people in 28 states had been infected with one of four strains of the listeria bacteria. In addition to the 29 reported deaths, a pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage as a result of the infection.
The tainted cantaloupe was produced and distributed by Colorado-based Jensen Farms and it is believed that unsanitary packing conditions and dirty equipment contributed to the presence of the listeria bacteria. The CDC issued a recall of the tainted cantaloupe on September 14th but further illnesses or deaths may still be possible due to the bacteria’s long incubation period. While no deaths have yet been reported in California, at least two individuals have been treated for listeria-related illnesses.
While the age of the victims ranges from 1 to 96, the majority of those who have fallen ill or died have been over the age of 60. To date, at least eight lawsuits have been filed against Jensen Farms seeking damages for serious illness or death related to the consumption of the tainted fruit.
In one case, the family of a 92-year-old man alleges that the victim had to be hospitalized after eating contaminated cantaloupe. The man has since been transferred to a nursing facility, where he continues to receive treatment and his family is unsure when or if he’ll be able to return home. In another lawsuit, the family of an 89-year-old woman claims the victim died after eating the listeria-tainted fruit.
While the lawsuits are still pending, the victims and their families acted responsibly in contacting a personal injury lawyer to discuss their claims. Individuals who have fallen ill as a result of the listeria outbreak have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills, time away from work and pain and suffering. The families of those victims who died in connection with the contaminated cantaloupe may have grounds to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one.
If you or someone you love has been adversely affected by the recent listeria outbreak, you need to speak with a California personal injury attorney right away. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP specializes in helping victims of food-borne illnesses protect their rights and recover the damages they’re entitled to.
Contact us today at 1-800-722-0675 for your free initial case evaluation. Our dedicated team of personal injury experts is waiting to discuss the details of your claim. We work on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless we recover a money judgment for you. Call us today to find out how we can help with your California food-borne illness injury claim.