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Greensboro E. coli Attorney

E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a type of bacteria that resides in the intestines of humans and animals. While many strains are harmless and play a crucial role in gut health, some can cause significant illness. E. coli O157:H7, for example, can lead to severe gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Infections often occur through contaminated food or water, emphasizing the need for proper hygiene and food safety practices.

Symptoms of E. coli

If you suspect E. coli poisoning, you should be vigilant for severe abdominal cramps, which can be extremely painful. Diarrhea is also common and may start off watery before becoming bloody. Nausea and vomiting are frequent, and while fever is less common, a low-grade fever can occur. Dehydration can develop rapidly due to fluid loss from diarrhea and vomiting, leading to symptoms such as dry mouth, decreased urination, and dizziness.

Legal Options for Greensboro Residents

A person with E. coli poisoning might have a legal case in several situations, typically revolving around negligence, product liability, or breach of duty. Some scenarios where legal action might be justified may include:


  • Contaminated Food Products: If a person consumes food that was contaminated with E. coli and can trace the contamination to a specific source (such as a restaurant, grocery store, or food manufacturer), they might have a case for product liability. This involves proving that the food product was defective (contaminated) when it left the supplier’s control.
  • Restaurant or Food Establishment Negligence: If the poisoning occurred due to improper food handling, storage, or preparation at a restaurant or other food establishment, the person might have a case for negligence. This would require showing that the establishment failed to meet the standard of care expected in food preparation.
  • Agricultural Contamination: If the source of the E. coli can be traced back to a farm or agricultural producer due to unsanitary practices or contaminated water sources used in irrigation, there might be grounds for a lawsuit based on negligence or strict liability.
  • Failure to Warn: If a company knew or should have known about the risk of E. coli contamination and failed to warn consumers, there might be a case for failure to warn. This can include situations where there was a recall that was not adequately communicated to the public.
  • Inadequate Testing or Inspection: If the poisoning is linked to a failure in adequate testing or inspection processes (such as in a slaughterhouse or processing plant), there might be a case against the responsible party for negligence or breach of regulatory standards.
  • Breach of Warranty: This applies if the contaminated food product was sold with an implied warranty of safety, which was breached by the presence of E. coli. The person would need to show that the product was unfit for consumption.
  • Public Health Violations: If a government or regulatory body identifies a specific source of contamination that violated public health standards, individuals affected might have a stronger case due to documented breaches of regulations.

In any of these scenarios, the affected individual would need to establish a clear link between their E. coli infection and the defendant’s actions or products. This typically involves medical records, proof of consumption, and sometimes expert testimony to establish causation and negligence or liability. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in foodborne illness or personal injury law would be essential to evaluate the specifics of the case.

E. coli Cases in Greensboro

According to the Guildford County Communicable Diseases Data Brief for 2023, the E. coli incidence rate per 100,000 people increased in 2021 (4.2) and 2022 (4.6). These rates for Guildford County are higher compared to the statewide incidence rates for the same years, 2021 (3.0) and 2022 (4.3).

In 2018 and 2019, North Carolina was impacted by E. coli outbreaks linked to Romaine lettuce. The 2018 outbreak affected 36 states and 210 people, whereas the 2019 one affected 27 states and 167 people.

Get In Touch

If E. coli has caused you harm, contact The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or message us online today for a free consultation. Our dedicated legal team will stand by your side, providing you with personalized attention and expert representation to achieve justice and compensation for your suffering.