KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Marler Clark has been retained by several families of children sickened by E. coli O157:H7 in Tennessee since mid-May.  One cluster of multiple illnesses is linked to the consumption of raw milk from French Broad Farm in Mascot, Tennessee; and another cluster appears to be linked to a Mascot day care center, Kids Place Inc.  To date, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has treated 12 children sickened since mid-May.

Marler Clark attorney Drew Falkenstien traveled to Knoxville to meet with multiple families last week. “It’s a tragic situation.  It appears to be an extremely virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7, causing some kids to be critically ill.  We’re waiting for additional information from the health department’s investigation, and meanwhile just hoping for all the kids to progress medically.”

Raw milk is extremely dangerous and has been tied to many E. coli O157 outbreaks in the past. Although it is rare for healthy adults to develop life-threatening illness from E.coli, children, elderly, and the immune compromised are vulnerable.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s.  We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne Kiner,Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.