Here are some considerations to help you decide whether an experienced attorney like Elliot can help:
What made you sick?
The incubation period — the time between eating the contaminated food and the onset of symptoms — can make it difficult to determine the exact cause of your illness. However, if you learn that a food you recently consumed is the cause of an outbreak of E. coli, you might have a claim, and therefore a need to contact Elliot for a free consultation.
How serious was your illness?
If you were sick at home, without seeing a doctor, it is likely not going to be worth pursuing legal action. However, if hospitalization or extended doctor visits are required and it is determined that the cause is E. coli — or you or a loved one is suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious consequence of E. coli infection — then you probably have a case, whether the illness is part of an outbreak or not.
This is the time to consult Elliot, who has spent almost 30 years representing clients in lawsuits involving foodborne illnesses. He can provide peace of mind by guiding you and your family through the process of being diagnosed and treated, as well as pinpointing the cause and determining what specific legal action to take.
(Note: HUS is a serious complication that occurs in 10 percent of E. coli cases. It can be deadly to children younger than 5, and not only requires hospitalization but can result in kidney failure, a kidney transplant, and even death.)
How is a diagnosis determined?
To confirm a diagnosis of E. coli or HUS, a doctor will send a stool sample to a laboratory for testing.
What happens after a diagnosis is confirmed?
Having Elliot represent your interests is important. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, he will ensure that the doctor or lab reports it to the state health department. If the source of the illness hasn’t been determined, an epidemiological investigation often is conducted to identify the source of your exposure, and perhaps help reveal that you or your loved one are part of an outbreak. Often, a technician will isolate and identify the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria, with testing such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) or whole genome sequencing (WGS).
What will you gain from filing a lawsuit?
When a diagnosis has been determined and the source of the illness has been pinpointed, Elliot will help you and your family decide what legal action to take. He will get the answers you need, and also seek the proper compensation for your family’s pain and distress, including having medical bills paid or lost income recovered.