MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Attorneys Elliot Olsen and Ryan Osterholm of PritzkerOlsen, a national
food safety law firm, filed a lawsuit against Pizza Ranch, Inc., an Iowa
corporation, on behalf of the family of a seven-year-old who contracted
an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating at the Pizza Ranch
restaurant located at 3000 West 18th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas (Emporia
The suit was filed today, March 17, 2016, in the United States District
Court for the District of Kansas (Case No. 2:16-cv-02170).
The lawsuit alleges that the family of S.S. ate at the Emporia Pizza
Ranch on January 31, 2016. S.S. ate food from the buffet including fried
chicken, pizza, breadsticks, salad, and dessert pizza. A few days after
this meal, S.S. began to feel ill. She had stomach cramps and then
developed bloody diarrhea.
The parents of S.S. brought her to her pediatrician, who ordered a stool
sample, which tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. S.S. was hospitalized
for over 2 weeks. During her hospital stay, S.S. developed hemolytic
uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E.
coli infections that is the most common cause of acute renal failure
(ARF) in children.
The outbreak, which occurred between December 2015 and February 2016,
sickened 13 people in nine states. The states included are Iowa,
Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, South
Dakota, and Wisconsin. Two children were hospitalized with hemolytic
uremic syndrome (HUS). Dough used to make desserts is the suspected
source of the outbreak.
Mr. Olsen stated that, “this outbreak highlights the need for stringent
food safety controls in any restaurant but especially those chains that
serve a large and geographically diverse population. A large chain
restaurant has the capacity to make a lot of people ill at once.”
PritzkerOlsen is one of the few law firms in the country practicing
extensively in the area of E.
coli litigation. Lawyers at the firm have represented E. coli
victims in practically every major U.S. outbreak over the past 15 years,
collecting tens of millions for their clients. Attorneys Elliot Olsen
and Ryan Osterholm can be reached at 1-888-877-8900 (toll free) or via
the firm’s website, www.pritzkerlaw.com.
The firm’s offices are centrally located at 45 South 7th
Street, Suite 2950, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402.