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Oklahoma City E. Coli Lawyer

E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. While most strains are harmless and even beneficial for gut health, some can cause serious food poisoning. Pathogenic strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can lead to severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. These harmful strains are often contracted through contaminated food or water, underscoring the importance of proper hygiene and food handling practices to prevent infection.

Symptoms of E. coli

Warning signs of E. coli contamination include experiencing severe abdominal pain and cramping, frequent and often bloody diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can lead to dehydration, which presents with signs such as dry mouth, decreased urination, and dizziness. If these symptoms are present, especially if diarrhea is bloody, it is important to seek medical attention promptly.

Legal Situations

A person suffering from E. coli poisoning might have grounds for a legal case in various situations, typically involving negligence, product liability, or breach of duty. Here are some scenarios where legal action might be justified:

  • Contaminated Food Products: If a person consumes food 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 requires 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 involve showing that the establishment failed to meet the standard of care expected in food preparation.
  • Agricultural Contamination: If the source of the E. coli is traced back to a farm or agricultural producer due to unsanitary practices or contaminated water 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 includes situations where a recall was inadequately 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 specializing in foodborne illness or personal injury law would be essential to evaluate the specifics of the case.

Oklahoma Statistics on E. coli Cases

In 2008, a large E. coli O111 outbreak occurred at a restaurant in Oklahoma; 341 people were affected, 70 people were hospitalized, 25 people developed hemolytic uraemic syndrome, and one person died.

In 2018, one illness was recorded in Oklahoma as part of a multistate outbreak related to romaine lettuce.

Overall, Oklahoma had a relatively low number of E. coli outbreaks between 2011 and 2021 compared to other states. The state was impacted by 10 outbreaks between 2011 and 2021, and there were years within this period when Oklahoma reported no outbreaks at all.

Contact Us Today

Have E. coli issues? Call The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or message us online today to arrange your free consultation. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your suffering and losses.