It seems like we’re in Arizona a lot litigating E. coli outbreak cases. Currently, we represent numerous people from several states in the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Costco and Bravo Farms gouda cheese, including 3 Arizona residents on whose behalf we’ve sued the cheesemaker. Not a bad place to litigate in the winter months when you’re from Seattle.
Here are a few other multi-state E. coli outbreaks that sickened, some very severely, a bunch of Arizona residents:
- Nestle E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to raw cookie dough (2009)
- United Food Group E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef (2007)
- Dole baby spinach E. coli O157:H7 outbreak (2006)
- Arizona petting zoo E. coli O157:H7 outbreak (2005)
The CDC’s latest report states that there are 19 Arizona residents sickened in the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Costco and Bravo Farms gouda cheese.
Not all of our clients, past and present, suffered life-altering injuries. But some did. In the 2007 Arizona E. coli outbreak linked to United Food Group ground beef, 3 young kids developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS). One of our clients was Rebecca Gosla, a 10 year old girl who suffered a devastating illness. Rebecca’s illness stands apart from most E. coli O157:H7 infections, even for children who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). She was hospitalized for over a month, suffered weeks of dialysis, and her medical bills were nearly $200,000.
The severity and duration of her HUS-related complications, including the complete failure of kidney function as indicated by the lack of urine-production, makes Rebecca’s prognosis concerning. It is possible that her kidney-function will decline over time to a point that kidney transplantation or maintenance-dialysis will be necessary for her survival.