MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 14, 2012--Victims of the current Germantown, Ohio are at risk for future health problems, according to national food safety attorney Fred Pritzker, who represents victims of E. coli outbreaks nationwide, including those who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). “Although HUS patients have the highest risk of future health problems, initial research has shown that all E. coli victims are at risk for future kidney impairment, neurological damage, diabetes, vascular problems and various forms of gastrointestinal disease,” said Pritzker, who recently resolved several E. coli food poisoning cases in Ohio.

Pritzker and his E. coli litigation team use medical research on this issue as part of their litigation strategy to ensure that E. coli food poisoning victims get the compensation they need into the future. “We’re letting food safety violators off the hook if we do not factor in the true, long-term costs of these outbreaks,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker is investigating the current E. coli and HUS outbreak in Ohio linked to a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown, OH on July 3. At least 62 people have been sickened, and 13 of those have been hospitalized. One of the hospitalized E. coli victims is a 4-year-old girl who developed HUS, a life-threatening disease that occurs in 10 to 15 percent of E. coli outbreak patients. It’s the leading cause of kidney failures in children in the United States.

“Children with HUS suffer excruciating pain and almost always develop kidney failure and a host of other serious medical problems,” said Pritzker. “If they survive, these children and their families have to deal with the reality that a kidney transplant may be needed years down the road.” The specific food item that caused this outbreak has not been determined. Much of the food at the picnic was brought in and meat products were grilled on site. The key is to find a link between at least one food product and a statistically significant number of E. coli victims.

“Even if the specific food product responsible for the outbreak is not conclusively determined, victims may have legal options,” stated Pritzker.

PritzkerOlsen, P.A. is one of the very few law firms in the U.S. practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation. Attorney Fred Pritzker was this year’s keynote speaker at the North American Food Safety Summit in Toronto and he has won tens of millions for E. coli outbreak victims. To contact PritzkerOlsen E. coli lawyers, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or visit the firm’s website. PritzkerOlsen, P.A. offices are located at Plaza VII, Suite 2950, 45 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

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