Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a dangerous bacterium that resides in the intestines and can cause significant health problems. It is transferred to humans through water and food. Vegetables and undercooked ground beef are the most common foods known to carry E. coli. Due to the potential health risks of these foods, it is important for restaurant owners to prevent the existence of E. coli on their premises.
Negligence on the part of restaurant owners and workers is unacceptable. If you or a loved one has contracted E. coli after eating at a restaurant, the Des Moines contaminated food attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are here to help you fight for your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other related expenses. Contact us today at (515) 225-2600 to schedule a free consultation.
Symptoms of E. coli Infection
There are many different forms of the bacterium E. coli. Some forms may only cause a few hours of abdominal cramping or diarrhea before the bacterium is killed. However, the type of E. coli know as “O157:H7” has been known to cause far more severe health issues. Chronic abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting can last for more than a week if this bacterium is in the intestine.
Children and seniors with E. coli are at particular risk for severe complications. If E. coli stays in the intestine for a long period of time, kidney failure may result.
E. coli FAQs
How do I know if I contracted E. coli?
If you have consumed suspicious food and have started to feel ill, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. E. coli symptoms and consequences are often more serious than those of common food poisoning. If you notice that your symptoms are more serious than those of the common stomach bug, take that as a sign to visit a physician. The sooner you catch an E. coli infection, the better. The common symptoms of E. coli infection are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, tenderness, and mild to severe diarrhea, which may or may not include blood. If you suspect that you contracted an E. coli infection from a restaurant, contact the attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C..
What do I do if I contracted E. coli from a restaurant?
If you believe that you have contracted an E. coli infection due to being served contaminated food at a restaurant, there are a few things you should do. First, seek medical attention. Make notes of your diagnosis and treatments. Next, make notes of the restaurant you visited, the time, the day, what food you ate, and any witnesses you know of. If you have leftovers of the food you ate, do not throw it out, but keep it as evidence. Finally, contact a personal injury attorney of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
How do I go about proving E. coli contamination in a restaurant?
Proving food poisoning or food contamination, that lead to an E. coli infection, can be difficult. The restaurant is going to deny allegations of contaminated food and deflect the blame to the victim. The best thing you can do to prove E. coli contamination in a restaurant is to keep any leftovers for testing, seek and contact any other victims or witnesses from the same restaurant, and contact an attorney. The attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are prepared to build a strong case on our client’s behalf. We want to hold restaurants accountable for their actions and the duty of care they owe their customers. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping E. coli contamination victims receive the financial compensation they need.
Restaurants that fail to properly take care of their premises and prevent serving foods with E. coli may be liable for any illnesses customers suffer as a result. If you have recently been a victim of restaurant negligence, it is important to discuss your rights with a Des Moines contaminated food lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. Contact us today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about filing a lawsuit.