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Philadelphia E. coli Attorney

E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a type of bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and animals. While most strains are harmless, some can cause serious foodborne illness. The most common harmful strain is E. coli O157.

What are the Symptoms of E. coli?

E. coli can cause various infections, primarily affecting the digestive tract. The symptoms of an E. coli infection can vary depending on the strain of the bacteria and the site of infection. The most common form of E. coli infection is intestinal, but it can also cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and other illnesses. Here are the symptoms associated with the most common E. coli infections:

Intestinal E. coli Infection

An intestinal E. coli infection is an illness caused by certain strains of the Escherichia coli bacteria that affect the gastrointestinal system.

  • Abdominal cramps: Severe stomach pain is a common symptom.
  • Diarrhea: Often watery, but can become bloody in severe cases.
  • Nausea and vomiting: These symptoms often accompany the diarrhea.
  • Fatigue: Due to dehydration and the body’s response to the infection.
  • Fever: Usually low-grade, but can sometimes be higher.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Caused by E. coli

UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply, leading to an infection. E. coli, which normally resides in the intestines, is responsible for approximately 80-90% of all UTIs.

  • Burning sensation during urination: Painful urination is a common symptom.
  • Frequent urination: Feeling the need to urinate more often than usual.
  • Cloudy or bloody urine: Urine may appear cloudy or contain blood.
  • Strong-smelling urine: Urine may have a strong odor.
  • Pelvic pain: Women might experience pain in the pelvic area, especially around the pubic bone.
  • Fever and chills: Indicating that the infection might have reached the kidneys.

Respiratory Illness (less common)

Sometimes, E. coli can cause respiratory illnesses.

  • Coughing: Persistent cough.
  • Shortness of breath: Difficulty breathing.
  • Chest pain: Pain or discomfort in the chest area.

Complications of E. coli Infections

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a severe complication that can occur with certain strains of E. coli (like E. coli O157), leading to kidney failure, low red blood cell count, and low platelet count.

Symptoms include:

  • decreased frequency of urination
  • pale skin tone
  • bruising or bleeding
  • fatigue

If you suspect an E. coli infection, it is important to seek medical attention, especially if you experience severe symptoms like bloody diarrhea, high fever, or signs of dehydration.

Preventing E. coli in Philadelphia

Preventing E. coli infections involves a combination of proper food handling, good hygiene practices, and ensuring the safety of drinking water.

  • Proper food handling: Thorough cooking of meat, avoiding raw milk, and washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Good hygiene: Regular hand washing, especially after using the restroom or handling raw meat.
  • Safe water practices: Ensuring water is safe to drink and properly treated.

Legal Aspects of E. coli Cases

E. coli attorneys specialize in personal injury and product liability cases related to E. coli infections. If you or a loved one has been affected by an E. coli outbreak, an attorney can help you navigate the legal process.

Key Responsibilities of a Philadelphia E. coli Attorney

Your E. coli specialist lawyer will simplify the legal process for you.

  • Case Evaluation: Assessing the details of your case to determine its validity and potential compensation.
  • Investigation: Conducting a thorough investigation to identify the source of contamination and responsible parties.
  • Representation: Representing you in negotiations with insurance companies and in court, if necessary.
  • Compensation: Seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Philadelphia E. coli Statistics

Between 2015 and 2021, the Philadelphia County E. coli incidence rate per 100,000 people was lower than the overall rate for the state of Pennsylvania. The state aims to have incidence rates under 3.2 by 2030. Philadelphia has consistently achieved this goal, but several counties throughout the rest of the state have not.

County 2015-2017 2016-2018 2017-2019 2018-2020 2019-2021
Pennsylvania 1.8 2.3 2.8 3.0 3.0
Philadelphia 1.2 1.5 1.9 2.0 2.0

Some food items that have been linked to E. coli outbreaks in Pennslyvania include:

Get in Touch Today

You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve experienced an E. coli infection and think it’s linked to an outbreak. Reach out to The Lange Law Firm today for your E. coli case. Call (833) 330-3663 or message us online for a free consultation. Our dedicated experts will investigate your case, find the liable parties, and fight for the compensation you deserve.