and bloody diarrhea, the suit states. In the hospital, he tested positive for E. coli and also developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause kidney failure.
According to the lawsuit, the boy “appears to still be suffering from the after effects of his illness.”
The suit claims the fair and petting zoo owners knew, or should have known, the risk of E. coli infection created by exposure to animals. The suit also alleges, among other things, that the fair and petting zoo failed to take measures to protect the public from exposure and contamination by E. coli and also failed to give adequate warning about the dangers.
The family is seeking damages in excess of $10,000.
A food safety attorney, Marler has filed lawsuits against such companies as Chili’s, Chi-Chi’s, Dole, KFC, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Taco Bell. According to his website, he’s secured more than $600 million for victims of E. coli, salmonella and other foodborne illnesses.
Since 1993,Marler has been handling E. coli cases and has been involved in several petting zoo/county fair outbreaks.
In a phone interview, Marler said that, based on his experience, he’d be surprised if the Cleveland County Fair or Circle G Ranch had more than a milliond