Today PritzkerOlsen law firm
filed the first lawsuit against Apple Minnesota, LLC d/b/a Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill and Bar arising from a recent E.
coli O111 outbreak. The lawsuit (Case 0:14-cv-02907) was filed on
behalf of Keith Comstock, who was diagnosed with an E. coli O111
infection after eating at the Applebee's restaurant located at 10150
Hudson Road, Woodbury, Minnesota.
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the
District of Minnesota. PritzkerOlsen attorneys Ryan Osterholm, Brendan
Flaherty and Fred Pritzker are representing Mr. Comstock.
"It is too early to determine how many people have been sickened by this
outbreak or the precise food product that caused it," attorney Flaherty
said. "Our client hopes to use the power of the cours to help get
answers and keep more people from getting sick."
According to the Complaint, the outbreak involves at least 13
individuals, 7 of whom ate at area Applebee's restaurants between June
24 and 27. The restaurants involved in the outbreak are reportedly
located in Blaine, Duluth, Monticello, Roseville and Woodbury.
Mr. Comstock dined at Applebee's in Woodbury, Minnesota on or about June
24, 2014. He ordered and consumed Oriental Chicken Salad, which
contained, among other things, carrots, cabbage and greens. The lawsuit
alleges this salad was contaminated with E. coli O111 bacteria and unfit
for human consumption.
On or about June 27, Mr. Comstock began to suffer from symptoms of E.
coli O111 food poisoning, according to the Complaint. He was treated for
his symptoms and tested positive for E. coli O111. He remained ill for
E. coli O111 is a highly toxic foodborne pathogen. Symptoms of infection
include stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. These
symptoms can worsen, causing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or death.
People sickened by E. coli O111 are at increased risk of developing
future illness, including severe high blood pressure and kidney disease.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for Mr. Comstock for medical expenses,
pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
PrizkerOlsen is a national food safety law firm with offices in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Attorneys Ryan Osterholm, Brendan Flaherty and
Fred Pritzker have won millions for food poisoning victims in personal
injury and wrongful death lawsuits against restaurants, food processors
and others. They can be contacted at 612-338-0202 or via their food
safety blog regarding a lawsuit against Applebee's.
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