The parents of two kids who were sickened by an E.coli outbreak linked to the recent Cleveland County Fair have sued the company that put on the event according to this article. According to court records, the complaint was filed last week in Gaston County on behalf of a 5-year-old girl and an 18-month-old boy. The children, who are not related, along with their parents are listed as plaintiffs.
The suit claims that both children attended the Cleveland County, NC fair on October 4 and both became violently ill only a few days later. Each ended up being diagnosed with E.coli. Both children eventually developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening condition that can lead to kidney failure.
Officials have pinpointed the origin of the E.coli outbreak to the petting zoo located on the fairgrounds. They believe that rainy weather allowed the bacteria to spread away from the animals. The outbreak was not limited to the two children, instead, 106 people became sick, including a 2-year-old from Gastonia who ended up dying as a result.
In their suit, the families claim that the company who operated the fair created an environment that was especially susceptible to an E.coli contamination and either knew or should have know of the risks associated with placing the petting zoo where it did. The suit also says that the operator failed to limit the spread of animal waste which is what led to the 100+ illnesses.
The fair’s director, Calvin Hastings, said earlier that they tried to prevent problems with E.coli by taking steps like adding hand-washing stations and posting signs reminding people to wash their hands. Hastings has also said until a plan has been developed to ensure safety, no more animal exhibits will be allowed at the fair.
Attorneys for the children say the suits aren’t meant as punishment, but only to ensure that their children receive the money and care they need to return to their normal, healthy selves. Both children ended up suffering permanent kidney damage as well as serious personal injuries and emotional distress. Their families had to pay huge medical bills and were also under emotional distress.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.
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