McDonalds massive hepatitis A exposure brings lawsuit

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2009-07-27 21:36:50 (GMT) (JusticeNewsFlash.com - Featured, Justice News Flash, Personal Injury)

Illinois personal injury lawyers file suit against Milan McDonald’s chain alleging worker infected customers with hepatitis A. Personal injury attorneys in Illinois are seeking class action status citing 10,000 possible victims in the hepatitis A outbreak.

Illinois personal injury attorney news reporting food poisoning and contamination claims involving hepatitis A and other bacterias.

Quad Cities, IL–McDonald’s was named in a class action lawsuit filing by civil trial attorneys representing a man, and thousands of unnamed potential defendants, who claim to have been sickened after eating at a Milan, Illinois, fast food location. As reported by the Quad-City Times, the lawsuit asserts McDonald’s customer, Cody Patterson, became ill after eating at the Milan fast-food chain several times in June and July. The Rock Island County McDonald’s eateries in Milan have become the focus of a hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened a confirmed 19 people with 11 requiring hospitalization for treatment of the serious virus.

The Rock Island County Health Department closed two McDonald’s restaurants in Milan located at 400 W. 1st Street and U.S. 67, on July 15, 2009, for inspection by health officials and cleaning by its owner/operator, Kevin Murphy. Both locations were reopened for regular business hours on Saturday, July 18, 2009. The Rock Island County Health Department http://www.co.rock-island.il.us has repeatedly stated the source of the hepatitis A has not been confirmed and the main focus has been on the prevention of the virus spreading. The estimation of potential sickened patrons by personal injury attorneys involved in the class-action claim filing is upwards of 10,000 based on the sheer volume of people who frequent the Milan fast-food chain.

According to Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org hepatitis A or HAV(formerly known as infectious hepatitis) is an acute viral infection of the liver which is most commonly transmitted through contaminated food or drinking water. The transmission of the infectious disease is typically through the oral-fecal route which simply means people have failed to wash their hands after using the bathroom. Every year, approximately 10 million people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis A virus with the most common source being through the contamination food and water with fecal matter by unclean hands. The following U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov offers the following educational information about HAV:

-Acute illness lasting 2 weeks to several months

-Transmitted by ingestion of fecal matter in food and water sources

-After initial exposure it may take 28 days to present with symptoms

-Hepatitis A vaccination is the best prevention method for all children starting at age 1, travelers to certain countries and other consumers at high risk

-Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water after using the bathroom or handling fecal matter can help prevent the spread of HAV
Illinois personal injury lawyers file suit against Milan McDonald’s chain alleging worker infected customers with hepatitis A. Personal injury attorneys in Illinois are seeking class action status citing 10,000 possible victims in the hepatitis A outbreak.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov, an agency under the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) http://www.dol.gov, is charged with ensuring safe and healthful working conditions through state and local agencies performing workplace inspections. A clean working environment ensures the safety of restaurant workers and their customers. When a consumer becomes ill because a restaurant owner has not maintained a safe and healthy working environment, as required by state and federal health laws, they may be entitled to compensation for the damages and injuries. Doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and hospital bills can add up quickly when a person becomes infected with hepatitis A. Infected consumers can also lose income from lost work time while recuperating from the viral infection. Contacting an Illinois personal injury attorney may help you and your family recover.

Illinois personal injury lawyers new reports covering massive hepatitis A contamination stories by Senior Law news correspondent, Heather L. Ryan.

 

 

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