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Woman Sickened by Costco Chicken Salad Files Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Sep-2017

A Utah woman sickened by a Costco chicken salad has filed a food poisoning lawsuit against the multinational retail chain. The woman and ten of her family members and friends became sick after eating a Costco chicken salad that was tainted with E. coli bacteria. While the woman’s family and friends only became temporarily sick, she was hospitalized with severe health issues.

There are multiple strains of E. coli, a group of bacteria commonly found in the intestines. However, the E. coli O157 strain produces Shiga, a group of toxins that cause damage to the intestinal lining.

The woman who became sick from eating Costco’s chicken salad was infected with E. coli 0157. Due to the severity of the infection, doctors removed her large intestines. The woman also developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (also called HUS), a condition caused by E. coli poisoning that can lead to kidney failure. As a result, the woman also needed a kidney transplant. Fortunately, the woman’s fiancé was a suitable donor and he was more than willing to give up a kidney to save her life.

The woman required multiple surgeries to repair the damage to her body. She also continues to suffer from health problems caused by her E. coli infection. For example, she was hospitalized several times to prevent organ rejection syndrome. This is a condition where the body’s immune system rejects a transplanted organ. In addition, her body cannot maintain the proper level of fluids necessary for healthy kidney function. She suffers from frequent seizures and a weakened immune system.

Should I File a Food Poisoning Lawsuit?

According to the woman, her medical bills have exceeded $2 million. She was also an aspiring actress who was training to perform on Broadway. Due to her injuries, she can no longer pursue this career. In fact, she may never be able to work full-time anywhere ever again.

This woman’s life was upended all because of a tainted chicken salad. Food poisoning lawsuits serve a useful purpose because they can help victims pay for medical bills, lost income and other expenses associated with their injuries.

If you or a loved one developed food poisoning, an attorney can help you determine whether negligence is the cause. In some cases, it may be possible to hold one or more parties accountable for damages. At Regan Zambri Long, PLLC, our Washington DC food poisoning attorneys have extensive experience handling food poisoning cases.

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