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E-coli is a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning. While certain e-coli bacteria live in our bodies naturally, specific forms of e-coli can cause a wide range of symptoms when introduced into the intestines through contaminated food.
If you are experiencing symptoms of e-coli food poisoning, it is important that you see your doctor promptly. Although most e-coli infections are not life-threatening, some individuals can develop a condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can potentially lead to fatal kidney failure. Other complications are possible as well; and, from medical bills and lost wages to chronic pain and suffering, many people diagnosed with e-coli food poisoning will suffer substantial losses.
Several different types of foods can carry harmful e-coli bacteria. It is not unusual to hear about cases of e-coli food poisoning resulting from consumption of:
E-coli bacteria can exist in water as well, and drinking contaminated water or eating foods that have been washed or prepared using contaminated water can also lead to food poisoning.
Like many other forms of food poisoning, it can take anywhere from a day to a week (or even longer) to begin experiencing symptoms of an intestinal e-coli infection. Once the onset of symptoms begin, individuals who have consumed harmful e-coli can experience:
Additionally, early symptoms of HUS can include confusion, dark-colored urine, decreased urine output, and pale skin (facial pallor).
There are a variety of factors that can lead to grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses selling foods contaminated with e-coli. Some of the most-common issues include:
Yes. While anyone can suffer from e-coli food poisoning, individuals in certain populations are at increased risk for potentially-dangerous complications. Those who are at greater risk for suffering HUS and other complications include:
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with e-coli food poisoning, we encourage you to contact us for a complimentary initial consultation. We can help you understand your rights; and, if you have a case, we can help you win just compensation. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys in Tallahassee or West Palm Beach, please call (800) 780-8607 or request an appointment online today.