PritzkerOlsen Filed Lawsuit against Foster Farms on Behalf of Minor with Brain Abscess

A lawsuit was filed Dec. 21, 2015, against Foster Poultry Farms Inc.
in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (court
file number
2:15-cv-02587-DLR). This suit is on behalf of an
Arizona child and alleges he suffered a life-threatening brain injury
after eating Salmonella-tainted chicken processed and sold by Foster
Farms.

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Attorneys Fred
Pritzker
, Elliot
Olsen
, and Brendan
Flaherty
 of the PritzkerOlsen law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of
an Arizona toddler, who suffered from a massive brain abscess caused by
a Salmonella Heidelberg bacterial meningitis infection. The
complaint alleges the child – identified in the suit as N.C. —
contracted Salmonella after eating chicken produced by Foster
Farms.

The plaintiffs in the case are N.C.’s parents, James and Amanda Craten.
The child’s illness allegedly stems from a multistate outbreak that
sickened 634 people in 29 states, over the course of a year. A copy of
the complaint can be found here.

According to the complaint, N.C.’s family shopped regularly at
establishments alleged to have received Foster Farms chicken products.
According to the CDC,
infections matching one of the seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg
began March 1, 2013, and continued through July 11, 2014. Foster Farms
was under investigation in connection with these illnesses for at least
a year, but it took the company more than a year to initiate even a very
limited recall of its chicken products on July 12, 2014.

Genetic fingerprinting of the child’s tissue samples confirmed that he
had one of the Salmonella strains government officials linked to
the Foster Farms outbreak.

Plaintiffs brought their minor son to his pediatrician Oct. 3, 2013,
after he fell ill with fever, chills, nasal congestion, and diarrhea.
N.C. returned to the doctor on three more occasions before being
admitted Oct. 23, 2013.

In the afternoon of Oct. 24, N.C.’s condition radically worsened as he
developed a facial droop and other symptoms of severe neurologic injury.
According to the complaint, a CT of the child’s head showed a large
fluid accumulation compressing and displacing his brain. Immediate
surgery was necessary to save the boy’s life.

Due to the nature of the infection the child’s recovery was long and
difficult. To date MRIs of N.C.’s brain remain abnormal. The complaint
cites the most recent MRI revealed brain atrophy, meaning that there is
persistent evidence of brain volume loss.

Attorney Fred Pritzker explains, “This is a case which highlights the
tragic human cost of foodborne illness. N.C’s illness has caused
enormous life changes for the child and his family. This is why we ask
food companies to make safety the top priority. This is why food safety
matters.”

PritzkerOlsen, P.A., is a national food safety law firm that represents
people sickened in foodborne outbreaks throughout the United States.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Elliot Olsen and Brendan Flaherty can be
reached at 612-338-0202 or via the firm’s website, http://www.pritzkerlaw.com.
The firm is located at 45 South 7th Street, Suite 2950, Minneapolis,
Minnesota 55402.

Contacts

PritzkerOlsen
Fred Pritzker, 612-338-0202
fhp@pritzkerlaw.com
or
Elliot
Olsen, 612-338-0202
elliot@pritzkerlaw.com