Chipotle Food Poisoning Lawsuit – Campylobacteriosis
In 2009, more than 10 people became sick with severe gastrointestinal symptoms after dining at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Apple Valley, Minnesota. In nine cases, laboratory tests confirmed campylobacteriosis – a diarrheal illness caused by the Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. A subsequent environmental health investigation revealed that the restaurant had violated food safety codes by serving undercooked chicken, the most likely source of the campylobacteriosis outbreak. This and other negligent practices observed at the Chipotle Mexican Grill might make this eatery liable for any damages incurred by patrons who were sickened after eating at the restaurant.
2009 Chipotle Campylobacteriosis Outbreak
In the month of February, more than 10 people in Minnesota developed severe campylobacteriosis symptoms, including violent diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and fever. Two of the victims had to be hospitalized due to campylobacteriosis complications. The Minnesota Department of Health commenced an investigation to determine the source of the campylobacteriosis outbreak. It was discovered that all of the campylobacteriosis victims had eaten at an Apple Valley Chipotle Mexican Grill prior to becoming sick.
An inspection of the Chipotle Apple Valley restaurant revealed several hazardous food preparation practices. The most dangerous violations involved the preparation of chicken dishes. Chicken burritos and tacos were frequently served undercooked, which likely caused the campylobacteriosis outbreak. In addition, raw and/or undercooked chicken might have caused cross-contamination of other dishes served at the restaurant.
Chipotle Campylobacter Food Poisoning Legal Recourse
In the United States, all restaurants have to follow strict safety guidelines to ensure serving reasonably safe food. In cases whereby eateries fail to adhere to these standards and customers become sick as a result, the responsible restaurants can be held financially liable. If the victims of the Chipotle campylobacteriosis outbreak can prove that they incurred financial, physical and/or psychological damages because of food poisoning caused by Chipotle, the restaurant might be compelled to provide compensation.
Campylobacteriosis Personal Injury Lawsuits
Campylobacteriosis is the second most common type of diarrheal illness in the United States. Every year, about 2.4 million people experience campylobacteriosis symptoms, such as diarrhea and high fever. If you suspect that you might have contracted campylobacteriosis as a result of food poisoning from a contaminated food product or a restaurant meal, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the food poisoning lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz at (888) 255-2956 to discuss your case and determine if filing a personal injury lawsuit might be beneficial. In addition to negotiating and litigating campylobacteriosis food poisoning cases, the attorneys of AWKO Law specialize in resolving cases arising from listeria, E. coli, salmonella and fish poisoning.