Yesterday the Gomez Trial Attorneys filed a law suit in San Diego County against the owner and operator of Miguel’s Cocina. Miguel’s Cocina is currently shuttered in the wake of a very serious outbreak of Shiga-toxin-producing e. coli, otherwise know as STEC. The outbreak has impacted more than a dozen families who ate there between October 6th and October 18th, a 12 day period of exposure that, according to the national e. coli lawyer Ron Simon, “is an exceptionally long time for a single restaurant to be serving adulterated food. Usually food that is contaminated is linked to a single food preparation, or specific serving period, but this contamination persisted.”
The victims became symptomatic between October 13th and 19th, according to local reporting, and there may yet be victims who have to come forward. A “confirmed” victim is someone with this particular strain of STEC who ate at Miguel’s Cocina during the outbreak period. A “probable” victim will be those who may not have been tested but who ate at Miguel’s Cocina during the outbreak period and developed medically-established bloody stools and gastroenteritis. The best thing to do, says Simon, “is to be tested. A simple stool test will determine if you are infected with the particular strain of STEC.”
The law firm who filed the Miguel Cocina Lawsuit, with Ron Simon, is the Gomez Trial Attorneys. This well-known San Diego law firm handled the recent Marine Recruiting STEC outbreak and the STEC outbreak that turned deadly after kids acquired STEC from the petting zoo at the San Diego County Fair.
According to one of the lawyers involved, “this is only the first lawsuit to be filed. Our office is speaking to a number of other victims, and will likely represent many of the other families. Our team has handled thousands of food-borne illness cases. In fact, this is the only type of case that Ron Simon & Associates handles, and why the Gomez Trial Lawyers works with them on the these cases. We bring expertise and experience to the table in this area that most firms do not have.”
The E. coli lawsuit filed yesterday was filed on behalf of Mary Margaret Dowd, who was hospitalized after eating food at Miguel’s Cocina and developing STEC. According to her attorneys, a copy of the lawsuit can be acquired directly from them by calling 713-335-4900.