A form of bacteria that resides in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, E. coli does not usually cause any adverse physical effects. However, a few malicious strains of E. coli are capable of inducing serious illness when transmitted via polluted water or food. Once an individual contracts a harmful variation of the bacteria, he or she may be at risk of developing further complications.
You should never have to suffer because of the negligence of another party. If consuming contaminated restaurant food has led you or someone you love to fall ill, the Des Moines injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., P.C., may be able to help you seek the justice you deserve at this time. To discuss your situation, contact us at (515) 705-0233.
Factors which Increase E. coli Danger
Most healthy adults are not significantly affected by exposure to E. coli. However, several risk factors can increase an individual’s chance of getting sick or experiencing complications (such as a dangerous type of kidney failure termed hemolytic uremic syndrome) from ingesting the bacteria. The 3 primary determinants of potential problems are:
- Age – Young children and older people are more likely to suffer from complications related to E. coli exposure.
- Compromised immune system – Individuals with already weakened immune systems (from chronic conditions such as AIDS or cancer) may fall seriously ill after consuming E. coli-contaminated food.
- Eating specific foods – Undercooked ground beef, raw vegetables, unpasteurized milk, and apple juice or cider are just some of the foods commonly linked to contraction of adverse E. coli strains.
We can control the cleanliness of food prepared in our own kitchens. When we dine out, however, the quality of the food we eat becomes the responsibility of restaurant owners and workers or their suppliers. The transmission of E. coli constitutes a severe violation of that obligation, and absolutely cannot go ignored. Contact the caring Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., for help-seeking financial compensation after you have been sickened by tainted food. Call us at (515) 705-0233.