E. Coli 0157:H7 Outbreak

The Tennessean has reported that a E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak has sent four toddlers to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Six other children also became infected with the potentially deadly organism.

The children became infected at Paulette’s Group Day Care Home. The paper reports that the day care center has been cleared of wrongdoing.

We just settled a case where we represented a teenager who became infected with E. coli 0157:H7 in a treatment center in East Tennessee. She became horribly ill, was hospitalized for weeks and received permanent kidney damage. We worked on the case with Bill Marler’s firm out of Washington State; he has a great blog on E. coli 0157:H7 and his firm has more knowledge about this subject than any law firm in the country, if not the world.

As Bill’s blog explains, “E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness that results in painful abdominal cramping, nausea, and bloody diarrhea. Five to ten percent of children who become ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication that can cause kidney failure as well as damage to the pancreas, liver, brain, and heart. Children with HUS can develop medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, and often require medical monitoring and treatment throughout the rest of their lives.”

We hope these children will reach a prompt, full recovery.