A Pennsylvania women who was hospitalized after eating at Wendy’s has retained Ron Simon and Associates, as well as The Beasley Law Firm, to file the first lawsuit for the Wendy’s E. Coli O157 outbreak.
Soon after consuming a Baconater and French fries at a local Pittsburg Wendy’s, Ms. Camarillo began experiencing symptoms of a STEC infection: severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and nausea. As a consequence of her severe symptoms, Ms. Camarillo was hospitalized at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 29th.
Ms. Camarillo continues to recover from her infection. Ron Simon and Associates filed the lawsuit today against Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers of New York, LLC, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a copy of the lawsuit is available upon request.
According to Ron Simon, “The victims all appear to have eaten sandwiches at Wendy’s, each containing Romaine lettuce. As such, Wendy’s has removed Romaine lettuce from its sandwiches in that region. Although there are 37 confirmed cases now, we expect that number to grow as more victims are identified.”
The 37 confirmed cases were reported from 4 states: Indiana (1), Michigan (15), Pennsylvania (2), and Ohio (19) with symptoms beginning on July 26, 2022 and continuing through August 8, 2022. Ms. Camarillo is one of 10 victims that required hospitalization after consuming Wendy’s, three of which have reported developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening type of kidney failure.
Wendy’s is no longer using the romaine lettuce in question for their salads, and the CDC is currently working to determine if the same romaine lettuce is being sold or consumed anywhere else. At this moment, the CDC does not recommend that consumers avoid eating at a Wendy’s or for them to avoid consuming romaine lettuce.
The type of E. coli bacteria believed to be responsible for the outbreak is called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), which produces a toxin harmful to the human body. According to the CDC, STEC infection symptoms broadly consist of vomiting, diarrhea which can be bloody, severe stomach cramps, and a low grade fever. Symptoms of a STEC infection generally emerge 3 to 4 days after ingesting the bacteria and customarily resolve within 5 to 7 days without necessitating treatment, though some STEC infections can lead to further complications, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Ron Simon is a national food poisoning lawyer with over 20 years of experience helping food poisoning victims. Ron Simon and his team have prosecuted thousands of food poisoning cases across the country and have collected over $700,000,000 for their clients. If you believe you have suffered from a E. coli infection after consuming Wendy’s, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.