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Hepatitis A Lawsuit

Hepatitis A Lawsuit

In recent years, hundreds of people have been sickened with hepatitis A in food poisoning outbreaks linked to strawberries, sushi, scallops, and pomegranate seeds.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Hepatitis A induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Tropical Smoothie Café Outbreak

August 2016 — Frozen strawberries that were imported from Egypt and sold at Tropical Smoothies Café in Virginia have been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A.

On October 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed 134 illnesses in nine states: Arkansas (1), California (1), Maryland (12), New York (3), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Virginia (107), West Virginia (7), and Wisconsin (1).

Genki Sushi Scallops Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

August 2016 — Genki Sushi Restaurants in Hawaii were shut down after an outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to scallops. At least 200 people were infected in Hawaii, including 51 who were hospitalized. The state also embargoed imports of scallops from two companies and destroyed the products.

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend

October 2013 — Costco issued a recall for Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, a 3-lb bag of frozen fruit, after pomegranate seeds were linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A that sickened 165 people in 10 states. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of an 88 year-old victim in Arizona.

Hepatitis A Class Action Lawsuits

Class action lawsuits are often filed for everyone who was exposed to hepatitis A in major outbreaks of food poisoning. However, victims who were actually infected usually file individual lawsuits.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that spreads in fecal matter and causes liver inflammation. Large outbreaks are rare, but they do occur when food or water is contaminated. Hepatitis A also spreads by person-to-person contact, especially food-workers who do not wash their hands.

Symptoms of Infection

It takes 2-6 weeks after infection before symptoms appear. When they do, the symptoms usually worsen over a few days and persist for several months. These symptoms include:

  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pale or clay-colored stools
  • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain

Can I Get Sick Again?

No. The virus does not stay in the body after the infection is gone, and people who recover will have antibodies that makes them immune from re-infection.

How Common is Hepatitis A?

An estimated 2,500 people were infected with hepatitis A in the United States in 2014. It has become less common since a vaccine was introduced in 1995.

Outlook & Prognosis

Most healthy adults recover within 3 months without medical treatment, but some patients must be hospitalized for treatment. In rare cases, hepatitis A causes permanent liver damage, liver failure, or death.

Do I have a Hepatitis A Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Hepatitis A induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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