Imagine stopping by your favorite supermarket to pick up your groceries for the week. You grab a few things to cook, some other essentials, and some chicken salad from the deli. Unfortunately, after eating the chicken salad, you wind up in the hospital with organ failure.
This is exactly what happened to one young woman in Utah who ate Costco’s chicken salad that was tainted with E. coli. After eating the chicken, the woman began to suffer from severe health issues including kidney failure, epilepsy and diabetes. This case stems from an October 2015 event in which 19 people across seven states fell ill after eating chicken salad that they had purchased from Costco.
Piecing together what happened
The Utah woman was admitted to the hospital after she began to vomit blood. Unfortunately, doctors had problems finding the cause of her symptoms until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally called. After several other cases had broken out, the FDA became aware of the tainted meat and suspected that the Utah woman was also a victim.
The young woman has incurred approximately $2 million in medical expenses due to ingesting the chicken Costco sold. She is now suing the company for damages. As a result of eating the chicken, she developed hemolytic uremic syndrome which, in turn, led to renal failure and other medical problems. She spent a year and a half on dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant from her husband, who, luckily, was a match.
Horrifying long-term consequences
Not only does she expect to suffer from the effects of the tainted chicken for the long term, but doctors have also advised her that she will no longer be able to bear children. Of the other unsuspecting shoppers that ate the chicken tainted with E. coli, four spent time in the hospital and one other also suffered from hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Unfortunately, foodborne illnesses are always a risk, especially when we depend on other people or companies to prepare our food. We lack the ability to look at food and readily identify it as safe to eat or not. This means we put a significant amount of trust in those that produce and prepare what we eat. While government standards are in place to provide protection, it is nearly impossible to avoid tainted products 100 percent of the time. When you become victims due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to fight for an outcome that makes you whole again.
If you or someone you love has suffered an illness or injury due to tainted food or a faulty product, you may be able to obtain compensation. An attorney can help you pursue your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.