Grenier Law Group attorneys are currently investigating the salmonella outbreak reported in Washington DC. As of September 15, 2015, there have been at least 50 reported cases of salmonella poisoning related to popular D.C. restaurant Fig & Olive. The restaurant closed Thursday, September 10, 2015, in response to the outbreak, and has not yet re-opened. While the cause of the outbreak is as-yet unknown, the investigation is still ongoing.
Symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They usually develop 12-72 hours after infection, and the illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days. While most people recover without treatment, diarrhea and dehydration can be so severe that in some cases it is necessary to go to the hospital. Additionally, salmonella infection can lead to long term effects, such as sepsis, blood infections and reactive arthritis. Those experiencing possible symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are encouraged to seek medical assistance immediately.
Grenier Law Group’s experienced food injury attorneys are currently investigating this outbreak. DC law imposes strict liability upon a seller of a product that causes injury to another or his property due to a defect in the design of the product which makes the product unreasonably dangerous. In such cases, it is not necessary for the plaintiff to show that the defendant acted unreasonably or negligently; rather, the focus is upon the product itself. A product is unreasonably dangerous when it is dangerous to an extent beyond which would be contemplated by the ordinary consumer who purchases the product. In some cases, infected food can give rise to strict liability. In the past, GLG’s attorneys have represented victims of food related illness in courts around the country and in Washington DC. Most recently, in 2014, GLG successfully brought a case involving Trichinella-infected pork sold at another DC eatery that caused life threatening illness.