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Boston E. Coli Lawyer

Escherichia coli, commonly known as E. coli, is a type of bacteria that is often found in the intestines of humans and animals. Most strains of E. coli are harmless and are an essential part of a healthy intestinal tract. However, some strains can cause illness.

Symptoms of an E. coli Infection

Recognizing the symptoms of E. coli poisoning is crucial for timely medical intervention and effective treatment, as this bacterial infection can range from mild discomfort to severe, life-threatening conditions.

Symptoms may include:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea (often bloody)
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

Symptoms typically appear 3-4 days after exposure but can range from 1-10 days. Most people recover within a week, but some infections can be severe, especially in young children and the elderly.

Steps to Take if You Suspect an E. coli Infection

If you’ve developed an E. coli infection, you should:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Get diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional immediately.
  • Document Everything: Keep records of medical treatments, expenses, and any communications related to your illness.
  • Report the Illness: Report your illness to local health authorities to help track the source of the outbreak.
  • Contact an Attorney: Consult with an E. coli attorney to discuss your case and legal options.

Who Might Be Legally Liable for an E. coli Outbreak?

Legal liability for an E. coli outbreak can potentially extend to various parties involved in the food supply chain, depending on the specifics of the contamination source and how it was handled. Here’s a breakdown of potential liability for each party:

Food Producers

  • Responsibility: Ensuring that food products are safe for consumption and free from contamination.
  • Liability: If the E. coli contamination originated during food production (e.g., improper handling, insufficient sanitation, or contamination at the processing plant), food producers could be held liable.


  • Responsibility: Preparing and serving food in a manner that prevents contamination.
  • Liability: If the restaurant failed to maintain proper hygiene, store food correctly, or cook food adequately, resulting in E. coli contamination, they could be held liable.


  • Responsibility: Selling safe, uncontaminated food products to consumers.
  • Liability: If retailers sold contaminated food products, especially if they were aware or should have been aware of the contamination risk, they could be held liable.

Farm Operators

  • Responsibility: Growing and harvesting crops or raising animals in a manner that minimizes the risk of contamination.
  • Liability: If the E. coli outbreak was traced back to farm operations (e.g., contaminated water used for irrigation, poor sanitation practices), farm operators could be held liable.

Water Treatment Facilities

  • Responsibility: Providing clean and safe water for various uses, including agricultural and food production.
  • Liability: If a water treatment facility failed to adequately treat water, leading to contamination that caused the E. coli outbreak, they could be held liable.

Shared Liability

In many cases, liability may be shared among multiple parties if the contamination occurred at multiple points in the supply chain. Additionally, food safety regulations and standards play a critical role in determining liability, as violations of these regulations can significantly impact legal outcomes.

Determining Liability

There are a number of things an experienced E. coli attorney will do to determine liability and ensure your case is as robust as possible.

  • Traceback Investigations: These are conducted to identify the source of contamination, which is crucial for determining liability.
  • Evidence: Documentation of safety protocols, inspections, and compliance with food safety regulations will be critical in establishing or defending liability.
  • Legal Standards: Courts will consider negligence, strict liability, and warranty claims based on jurisdiction and specific circumstances.

Each party in the supply chain has a responsibility to ensure food safety, and failure to uphold these responsibilities can result in legal liability for an E. coli outbreak.

Boston E. coli Statistics

Between 2015 and 2017, beef and leafy greens in Massachusetts were the two biggest causes of E. coli illnesses, accounting for over 80% of cases. Raw dairy, unpasteurized juice, and sprouts were other causes, but they caused less than 10% of cases between them.

In recent years, cake mixflour, and romaine lettuce have been involved in multistate E. coli outbreaks that affected Massachusettes.

Boston’s E. coli incidence rate per 100,000 in 2017 was 1.72. In April 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was informed of an E. coli outbreak in the Boston area; this outbreak was linked to a restaurant chain with several food trucks.

Contact Us Now

Act now! Contact The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or online for a free consultation regarding your E. coli case. Our experienced team will diligently investigate, identify those responsible, and pursue the compensation you need.