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
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
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
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,
Washington DC food poisoning attorneys have extensive experience handling food poisoning cases.