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Food Poisoning: It Can be More Than a Tummy Ache


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As the leading food poisoning attorney in the U.S., Bill Marler has seen many times the sometimes dire reality of illnesses such as E. coli, Salmonella, or Campylobacter. In this presentation Marler shares a collection of victims' stories that show the high costs associated with serious foodborne illness.

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Food Poisoning: It Can be More Than a Tummy Ache

  1. 1. Customers Who Get SickIt can be more than a tummy ache<br />
  2. 2. To Put Things in Perspective <br />According to the CDC, microbial pathogens in food cause an estimated 48 million case of human illness annually in the United States<br />125,000 hospitalized<br />3,000 deaths<br />Foodborne Illness in United States cost $152,000,000,000 yearly – PEW<br />That cost includes doctor and hospital visits, medications, lost wages and productivity, functional disabilities, and death<br />It does not include recall cost, price of litigation or loss of reputation<br />
  3. 3. Stephanie Smith Before<br />20-year-old Dance Instructor<br />High School Graduate<br />Running Three Just for KixDance Studios<br />Boyfriend – looking forward to marriage and children<br />
  4. 4. Stephanie Smith After<br />E. coli O157:H7 after eating hamburger<br />Hospitalized September 27, 2007 – June 18, 2008<br />Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome<br />Stroke leaving her brain injured and unable to walk<br />Acute Kidney Failure – Two months of dialysis – will require multiple transplants<br />Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder<br />Will not have children<br />Past Medical Expenses $1,886,434.92<br />Future Care Costs $29,445.688<br />Wage Loss $1,229,085.00<br />
  5. 5. Stephanie Smith’s Life<br />
  6. 6. Mari Tardiff Before<br />Married 20 years and mother of two teenage boys<br />Public Health Nurse<br />Active, Athletic<br />
  7. 7. Mari Tardiff After<br />Campylobacter jejunileading to GullainBarre Syndrome from raw milk<br />Hospitalized June 15, 2008 – November 1, 2008<br />Hallucinations, Paralysis– Quadriplegia - with feeling, Unable to Speak<br />Past Medical Bills $841,797.95<br />Future Medical Expenses - $4,252,612.00<br />Future Wage Loss $1,020,00.00<br />
  8. 8. Mari Tardiff’s Life<br />
  9. 9. Linda Rivera Before<br />Wife, Mother of Six<br />Worked with Disabled Children<br />Dedicated “Sports Mom”<br />
  10. 10. Linda Rivera After<br />E. coli O157:H7 Cookies<br />Hospitalized May 3, 2009 – May 20, 2011<br />Large Intestine Removed<br />Stroke<br />Mechanical Ventilation<br />Multiple Septic Infections<br />Missed Three Kid’s Graduations<br />Dialysis, Plasma Exchange<br />Congestive Heart Failure<br />Hospice Care Suggested Multiple Times<br />Liver Failure<br />Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome<br />Dialysis<br />Dr. Siegler: “Linda has survived the severest multi-organ (bowel, kidney, brain, lung, gall bladder, pancreas and liver) E. coli case I have seen in my extensive experience.”<br />Medical Bills to date $5,537,755.03<br />Future Care Costs $26,289.768.00 to $61,769,699.00<br />
  11. 11. Linda Rivera’s Life<br />
  12. 12. Short Life and Untimely Death of Abby<br />
  13. 13. There is Never Enough Money<br />Not one of us would wish this on anyone else<br />
  14. 14. Questions?<br />