A wrongful death claim has been recently filed against the popular food company, Dole. The plaintiff is the family of an Ohio woman who died from listeria, allegedly after eating a salad from the food manufacturer. According to the Springfield News, the 79-year-old woman from Franklin County died this past February. The wrongful death claim alleges that the woman went into a coma after eating a salad from Dole's Springfield plant that was contaminated with listeria. The listeria contamination outbreak has reportedly sickened 19 people and caused a death in Michigan. The Dole's Springfield plant has been shut down for the next few months. Listeria is a bacteria that can be found in raw vegetables and can cause a gastrointestinal infection. The elderly are among those who are at risk of dying from the bacterial infection.
A wrongful death claim occurs when a person’s negligent actions cause someone's death. In this case, the Dole plant is being accused of failing to prevent contamination at the Springfield plant. The beneficiary of the person killed in the incident may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party, and recover monetary compensation. This recovery should cover medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, the possible loss of income, and emotional pain and suffering. The product liability attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, can help you through the complexities of a wrongful death claim and will fight to successfully resolve your claim. With a century of legal experience and hundreds of millions recovered for clients, you will be in the hands of the St. Louis’ best personal injury attorneys. Contact the office of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, today and schedule and free consultation.