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Food blamed in two wrongful death lawsuits

Most people in Pennsylvania would agree that food is supposed to keep people alive, not kill them. Unfortunately, food allergies and bacteria can convert commonplace foods, such as cheese and doughnuts, into lethal substances. Two recent wrongful death lawsuits demonstrate the ways in which many lives can be threatened by unsafe food.

One of the lawsuits was filed by a woman whose husband died from listeria poisoning, which was traced to a New York dairy. Listeria is caused by a bacterium that can be found in processed dairy products that are not properly purified. If not treated, listeria can cause death. Cheeses manufactured by the defendant creamery have been recalled, but a number of people have been sickened, and at least two have died from eating the cheese.

The family of a man who died from eating a doughnut filed another wrongful death lawsuit. According to the complaint, the decedent was allergic to walnut flour. He purchased and ate a doughnut allegedly made from walnut flour, and the allergic reaction was fatal.

The complaint alleges that the employees of the doughnut shop and their employer were negligent in failing to provide a warning that the doughnut was made from walnut flour. The defendants have denied that walnut flour was used to bake the doughnuts.

These two lawsuits demonstrate how something as seemingly safe as a doughnut or piece of cheese can become lethal. Anyone who suffered an illness or lost a loved one due to a disease caused by impure foods may wish to consult one of the lawyers at The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller.

Our lawyers have handled many different kinds of wrongful death lawsuits. They can provide a useful analysis of the facts and law that will determine the outcome of the case. They can also offer a helpful estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and loss of companionship.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, "Vulto Creamery: Putney man identified in Listeria lawsuit," Bob Audette, March 13, 2017

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