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Anaheim E. Coli Attorney

The bacterium Escherichia coli, commonly referred to as E. coli, is usually found in the intestines of humans and animals. Although most E. coli strains are harmless and form a crucial part of the gut flora, some can be pathogenic and result in severe diseases.

Symptoms of E. coli

E. coli infections typically present with a range of gastrointestinal symptoms. One of the primary symptoms is diarrhea, which often starts watery and can become bloody in more severe cases. This diarrhea is usually accompanied by severe abdominal cramping and tenderness, making it quite painful. Nausea and vomiting are also common, which can contribute to dehydration, especially if the vomiting prevents the individual from keeping down fluids. Fatigue and a general feeling of weakness often accompany these symptoms, as the body expends energy fighting the infection. Fever can also occur, ranging from mild to more severe, depending on the strain of E. coli and the individual’s overall health. Additionally, there is often a loss of appetite due to the discomfort and nausea.

When to Seek Medical Attention for an E. coli Infection

Although most E. coli infections are self-limiting, you should seek medical attention if you experience:

  • Severe Diarrhea: Persistent, severe diarrhea that lasts more than three days or is accompanied by dehydration.
  • Bloody Diarrhea: Presence of blood in the stool.
  • High Fever: A fever higher than 101°F (38.3°C).
  • Severe Abdominal Pain: Intense abdominal cramping that doesn’t improve.
  • Signs of Dehydration: Symptoms such as dizziness, decreased urine output, dry mouth, and excessive thirst.
  • Vomiting: Persistent vomiting that prevents you from keeping liquids down.

Who Might Be Responsible for an E. coli Infection?

Several parties might be responsible for an E. coli infection, depending on the source and circumstances of the contamination. These can include:

  • Food Producers and Processors:
    • Farms and agricultural businesses that grow and harvest produce or raise livestock.
    • Meat processing plants where cross-contamination or improper handling occurs.
    • Manufacturers of pre-packaged foods if contamination happens during production.
  • Distributors and Retailers:
    • Companies that distribute food products to retailers, restaurants, or directly to consumers.
    • Grocery stores and supermarkets that sell contaminated food products.
  • Restaurants and Food Service Establishments:
    • Restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service providers that prepare and serve food.
    • Food handlers who may inadvertently contaminate food through improper hygiene practices.
  • Water Supply Companies:
    • Municipal or private water supply companies if the E. coli contamination is traced back to drinking water.
  • Farmers and Agricultural Workers:
    • Individuals responsible for the sanitation and hygiene practices on farms, particularly those involving animals and crops.
  • Petting Zoos and Animal Exhibits:
    • Operators of petting zoos and animal exhibits where visitors may come into contact with animals carrying E. coli.
  • Consumers:
    • In some cases, consumers themselves might contribute to the risk of infection by improper food handling and preparation practices at home.

Why Hire Legal Assistance?

Speaking to an attorney about your case can significantly simplify the process of determining liability for your E. coli infection. Attorneys specializing in personal injury and foodborne illnesses have the expertise to navigate the complex legal landscape associated with such cases.

An attorney will gather and analyze evidence, such as medical records, laboratory test results, and purchase receipts, to build a strong case. They can also interview witnesses and consult with experts in food safety and epidemiology to establish a clear link between your illness and the responsible party. Additionally, attorneys are skilled in dealing with insurance companies and negotiating settlements, ensuring that you receive fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages.

Anaheim E. coli Statistics

In Orange County, between 2015 and 2017, the number of E. coli cases reported decreased yearly. However, the number of cases more than doubled in 2018 and increased again in 2019. Although the E. coli incidence rates per 100,000 people were higher in 2018 (3.32) and 2019 (4.3), they were still lower than the state incidence rates for the same years, 5.7 and 6.6.


2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Orange County E. coli Cases 56 46 43 106 137 80
Orange County Incidence Rate 1.78 1.45 1.35 3.32 4.3 2.51
California Incidence Rate 2.3 2.2 3.2 5.7 6.6 3.1

Have You Been Impacted by an E. Coli Infection? We’re Here to Help!

If you or a loved one has suffered from an E. coli infection, don’t navigate this challenging time alone. The Lange Law Firm is dedicated to assisting individuals like you with E. coli cases. Our experienced team will thoroughly investigate your situation and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Call us today at (833) 330-3663 or email us for a free consultation. Let us provide the support and legal expertise you need to move forward. Don’t wait – reach out now and take the first step toward justice and recovery.