The outbreak, which sickened a total of 70 people, is tied to pork carnitas sold by Supermercado Los Corrales and purchased for Mother’s Day Weekend
Another lawsuit has been filed against Los Corrales Enterprises, LLC dba Supermercado Los Corrales, this time on behalf of plaintiff Angela Alsterda and her two children, who along with 11 other extended family members were sickened by Salmonella after consuming tainted pork carnitas prepared and sold by Supermercado Los Corrales. The company is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Alsterda is represented by Marler Clark, a law firm specializing in cases related to food safety and co-counsel Gary Newland from Newland and Newland LLP. The case code is 2015CV000840. The firm is representing dozens of people in this outbreak, and has previously filed two other lawsuits.
On the morning of May 10, 2015, Angela Alsterda’s fiancé purchased pork carnitas at Supermercado Los Corrales in anticipation of a Mother’s Day brunch to occur with extended family. Angela, her two children Brendon Dunford and Nicholas Silva, and a large number of Angela and her fiance’s extended family ate the carnitas shortly after noon.
Two-year-old Nicholas was the first to fall ill that evening. He had large amounts of diarrhea over the course of the night and soon developed vomiting and a fever. He suffered with these symptoms throughout the day on May 11. Meanwhile, eight-year-old Brendon went to school, but came home feeling unwell. He began to experience the same symptoms his brother had the next morning.
Ms. Alsterda took both boys to a walk-in clinic on May 11. Nicholas was seen and diagnosed with gastroenteritis. Brendon was told he only had a virus and was not seen by a physician. Both boys continued to suffer with symptoms when they returned home. Nicholas became increasingly lethargic and strangely quiet, which was very unusual for this ordinarly energetic toddler. He appeared to be only semi-conscious on Thursday.
On the same day, Ms. Alsterda, who herself began to suffer from the same miserable symptoms, rushed her son Nicholas back to the clinic. He received two liters of intravenous fluids to correct his severe dehydration. A stool sample was taken and tested positive for Salmonella.
Over the next several days, Angela and her sons remained ill. Two-year-old Nicholas remained ill the longest, with gastrointestinal symptoms lasting until approximately June 4, 2015.
On May 21, Kenosha County Department of Health (KCDH) issued a “news flash” that announced an investigation into the outbreak. On June 10th, KCDH officially identified Supermercado Los Corrales as the source of the Salmonella outbreak that sickened as many as 70 people. The ongoing investigation has also found that the source of the outbreak was the pork carnitas purchased over May 9 and 10, 2015–Mother’s Day weekend.
“Mother’s Day is supposed to be a time for families to get together and honor their mothers, not poison them and their children. Unfortunately that seems to be the case for several families in Kenosha,” said Bill Marler, co-founder and partner with Marler Clark. Marler has been an advocate for victims of food borne illnesses since representing those made sickest by an outbreak of e. coli O157:H7 traced back to fast food giant Jack in the Box. He has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and is seen as an expert on food safety.
Salmonella is the second most common foodborne illness in the United States. Approximately 1.4 million cases of Salmonella occur each year with 95% of those caused by tainted food. The acute symptoms of Salmonella include the sudden onset of nausea, abdominal cramping, and bloody diarrhea and mucous over a period of days. While there is no cure, infected persons usually recover completely, although it may take months. A small number of people experience ongoing symptoms such as joint pain, which can lead to chronic arthritis
Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.
If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.