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Another Chipotle Mexican Grill Lawsuit Over Norovirus.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill in Simi Valley is facing yet another lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California over another case from Burbank resident Keith Zimmerman.

His legal team Trevor M. Quirk Esq. of Quirk Law Firm and Bill Marler, a nationally recognized food safety attorney are representing him. Zimmerman Complaint Filed Copy 02.08.2016

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Salmonella Outbreak Lawyer in Ventura County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella poisoning causes about one million illnesses each year in the United States. Of those that become ill, about 19,000 will require hospitalization, and approximately 380 will die. If you have reason to believe that you became ill after eating at a local restaurant, you may be able to file a claim for financial compensation. The Quirk Law Firm, LLP has significant experience handling Salmonella claims and can speak with you today about your case.

To be sure, Trevor M. Quirk currently represents a client who has filed a Salmonella poisoning lawsuit after eating at Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Westlake Village, according to a recent article in the Food Poison Journal. The victim, Stephanie Wehr, has alleged that the owner of Brent’s “showed conscious disregard for the rights and safety of people eating, using, and visiting” the restaurant, reported LA Weekly. If you suspect that you suffered from Salmonella poisoning after eating at Brent’s or another restaurant in Ventura County, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dedicated personal injury attorney.

Signs and Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

What is Salmonella? In short, it’s a bacteria that can make humans very ill. Once you’re exposed to Salmonella, you’re likely to develop symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Those symptoms can include:

  • – Diarrhea
  • – Fever and
  • – Abdominal cramps

According to the CDC, persons who develop Salmonella poisoning typically are ill for between 4 and 7 days. Most people will recover without receiving medical treatment, but in some cases “the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.” Salmonella can be treated with antibiotics, and such medication may be necessary for elderly persons, infants, and other people who have impaired immune systems. Salmonella poisoning can pose particular dangers if it spreads from the intestines into the bloodstream, where it can reach other parts of the body.

The CDC also explains that children have the highest risk for Salmonella infection. In particular, kids under 5 years old tend to show higher rates of Salmonella poisoning than people in other age groups. When it comes to the severity of the infection, however, very young children and older adults are at greatest risk. While Salmonella poisoning typically doesn’t have lifelong consequences for those who recover, a number of people do develop reactive arthritis. Those who suffer from reactive arthritis following Salmonella infection also can develop the following problems:

  • – Chronic arthritis, which “can be difficult to treat,” according to the CDC
  • – Irritation of the eyes and
  • – Painful urination

Contact a Ventura Personal Injury Attorney

Salmonella poisoning is a serious problem that can produce severe injuries. According to a report from NBC Los Angeles, the recent outbreak at Brent’s Deli may have resulted in more than two dozen people becoming ill. The Salmonella infections are reported to have occurred over a four-month period, and eight patients required hospitalization.

If you or someone you love may have been infected with Salmonella after eating at Brent’s Deli or another Ventura County establishment, you should discuss your case with an experienced Ventura County personal injury lawyer. You may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit. Contact the Quirk Law Firm, LLP today to learn more about how we can assist with your case.

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2014 Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo, Brent’s Deli

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2014 Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo, Brent’s Deli

In July 2014 public health investigators in California learned of an increase of case patients diagnosed with Salmonella serotype Montevideo. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Microbial Disease Laboratory (MDL) conducted pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) on isolates cultured from patient specimens. Seven patients were infected with an indistinguishable genetic strain identified as JIXX01.0645, an uncommon genetic strain. Patients resided in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Information gathered in interviews conducted by local health investigators revealed that just prior to onset of symptoms; all seven patients had eaten at Brent’s Deli, a restaurant located in Westlake Village, California. Health officials initiated active surveillance of patients diagnosed with Salmonella Montevideo strain JIXX01.0645. In total 19 patients infected with strain JIXX01.0645 were identified. Two additional patients were infected with strain JIXX01.1565, considered to be a clonal derivative of the main outbreak strain. Two of the 21 patients were employees of Brent’s Deli. Eight patients were hospitalized. Dates of illness onset ranged from April 30, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

On July 9, 2014 environmental health staff at the County of Ventura Environmental Health Division conducted an on-site inspection at Brent’s Deli. Multiple food safety violations were noted including improper sanitation, cooling and storage issues. The restaurant manager was instructed to correct all violations immediately. A follow-up inspection was conducted on July 22. Major food safety violations were again noted. Specifically, potentially hazardous foods were not held at or below 41 degrees and were not properly cooled. Wiping cloths were not stored in a sanitizing solution between uses. The inspector observed an employee not properly washing hands before handling food or clean utensils. A refrigerator was not operating properly. Plumbing fixtures were leaking and in disrepair. Floor surfaces were damaged preventing adequate cleaning. These items were corrected by the next inspection conducted on July 29. Due to continuing reports of ill customers, Ventura County Environmental Health staff conducted another inspection on August 11. Violations included inadequate hot holding temperatures for corned beef and improper thawing. On August 12 the restaurant was closed and a third party company was hired to oversee cleaning. Stool specimens were collected from employees who were also required to attend training classes on proper food safety practices. Food and environmental samples were collected for testing. Tests showed that two employees were positive for Salmonella Montevideo, strain JIXX01.0645. None of the environmental samples was positive for Salmonella. None of the food samples was positive for Salmonella. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on August 13. Inspections continued to occur between August 14 and August 19. An inspection was conducted during the week of September 12 and no violations were noted. The outbreak investigation was closed on October 1, 2014 after no reports of illnesses had been received since August 16, 2014.

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