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The Lange Law Firm - Food Safety Lawyer

Lavaca County Shigella Outbreak

Due to a food poisoning case that I had, I was very ill, I missed work, and I was worried about the weeks missed because I live off of per hour pay. So, I was really happy and relieved when I got a return call from LLF, which is Jory and Candess. And I made contact with Candess and she told me about how they were going to help me recover some of my loss and for my pain and suffering. It was just a relief. I was stress-free. I was kept up-to-date with everything going on. I highly recommend them because they were not only very professional and very friendly, I could tell they really cared about my case. I felt singled out and special.

Rosalinda, Former Client (San Antonio Resident)

Candess & Jory were extremely valuable resources for me when I contracted food poisoning. They guided me through every step of the legal process from start to finish, always willing to answer questions and be fully transparent. They were able to secure a settlement for me, but what I valued more was how truly concerned they were about my health and well-being beyond my case. I would gladly recommend Candess & Jory to anyone looking for attorneys who will fight on their behalf and really care about their clients.

Joe, Former Client (San Antonio Resident)

The Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 8 (DSHS PHR 8) is currently investigating an outbreak of shigellosis in Lavaca County. DSHS PHR 8 is working to identify the source of the outbreak by interviewing individuals who have become sick and collecting food samples from a location where multiple individuals have eaten before becoming sick.

Recommendations for the Public

If you are currently experiencing symptoms of shigella infection, visit your doctor to get tested. Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics for this infection, but some people may get better without medication.

People can become sick with shigellosis by eating or drinking the shigella bacteria, by touching something contaminated with the bacteria and then touching the mouth, or through contact with bacteria during sex. It only takes a small amount of shigella bacteria to make a person sick. If you are sick with symptoms of shigella infection, you can help keep it from spreading:

  • Wash your hands often using warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a separate bathroom from other household members. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean and disinfect surfaces in the bathroom after each use.
  • Do not prepare food for others while you are sick.
  • Do not go swimming.
  • Do not have sex for at least two weeks after diarrhea ends.
  • Stay home from school, daycare, or jobs in healthcare or food service until your symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours (without taking medicine that would mask symptoms).
Food Safety Lawyer Jory Lange

Our clients feel like family to us. Our clients call us when something terrible has happened and they need our help. We are committed to getting them the help they need, so that they can rebuild their lives.

Symptoms of Shigella

Common symptoms of shigellosis are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, which may contain blood and/or mucus
  • Stomach Pain
  • Fever
  • Urge to pass stool (poop) but bowels are empty

Symptoms usually start 1-2 days after infection and last 7 days. In some cases, the frequency and consistency of stool (poop) do not return to normal for several months.


our victories



Largest settlement in U.S. history for Reactive Arthritis caused by Shigella food poisoning




In a products liability case for the family of a 54-year-old man who died.




In a products liability case for the family of a 58-year old woman who died.



Attorney’s fees and expenses totaled .
frequently asked questions

How many people are sick?

Dozens of people have reported getting Shigella food poisoning after eating at Cabos San Lucas.

How did this happen?

Shigella is a fecal to oral disease. Shigella spreads when people eat food that is contaminated with human feces.

Was it just the Thursday dinner service?

No. It wasn't just the Thursday dinner service. Dozens of people got sick after eating at Cabos San Lucas on multiple different days. Not just Thursday.

Who is at fault?

When a restaurant serves food contaminated with human feces and sickens dozens of people, Texas law holds the restaurant accountable.

How can restaurants avoid giving customers Shigella food poisoning?

(1) Restaurants can use good handwashing practices, to prevent human fecal matter from employees' hands getting into customers' food. (2) Restaurants can have policies to ensure that restaurant employees are not making food or serving customers while they are sick with Shigella. (3) Restaurants can thoroughly wash all produce as it comes in from suppliers to ensure that it is free of deadly dangerous food poisoning pathogens, like Shigella.

What if a supplier or distributer sold Cabos San Lucas contaminated food?

(1) We will work to hold everyone who is responsible for this outbreak accountable. (2) Before serving food to customers, restaurants need to thoroughly wash all produce to remove deadly dangerous food poisoning bacteria, like Shigella.

Are there other restaurants involved?

We are working to determine if other restaurants are involved or also have sick people.

Who will pay?

Restaurants have insurance to cover them when their customers get food poisoning.

Can I make a legal claim and it be kept confidential?

Yes! You can make confidential legal claim. Contact us for details.

Meet Jory Lange

Food Safety Attorney

Jory is a  4th generation Texan.  He grew up in Pleasanton and San Antonio, and now calls Houston home.

We hope you never need us.

But if you do, we’re here to help.


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