Nashville hepatitis A Lawyers: Investigation continues as cases increase with restaurant worker report
Health officials in Nashville are reporting an outbreak of hepatitis A cases. The city’s Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) has confirmed 183 cases since December 2017. One recent case involves an employee at Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Rivergate who tested positive for hepatitis A while he was working at the restaurant in late December 2018.
Food handlers with hepatitis A are of particular concern, particularly during an outbreak such as the one Nashville is reporting. The virus can easily be transmitted by a restaurant employee who does not wash his or her hands thoroughly after using the restroom and then touches food that is then served to customers.
Hepatitis A Lawyers:
“We have handled several of the most recent nation-wide Hepatitis A outbreaks. These are difficult cases, in part because of the lengthy incubation period for Hepatitis A. These claims often entail significant pain and suffering with victims sick for many months after exposure.”
The employee of Outback Steakhouse was confirmed to be working at the restaurant while symptomatic December 22-24, 2018. Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Customers who ate at the restaurant during the time the infected employee worked there could have become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus.
Health officials are urging Nashville residents to get a hepatitis A vaccine because of the outbreak. While vaccinations are the best way to protect against infection, proper hand washing can also be a significant deterrent. Food servers should always wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, before and after handling food.
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Rivergate has offered vaccinations to all of its employees, administered through MPHD. Restaurant employees who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed to return to work. In addition, the restaurant facility is being thoroughly sanitized and all employees are being retrained on proper food safety protocol.
Previous Litigation by Ron Simon & Associates
The food poisoning law firm of Ron Simon & Associates has litigation many of the nation’s recent Hepatitis A outbreaks, including highly publicized outbreaks linked to Tropical Smoothie strawberries across the East Coast, in which the Hepatitis A lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates had to file numerous lawsuits to force the defendants (both domestic and foreign entities) to come to the table and pay damages. Very recently Ron Simon & Associates also handled the massive outbreak of Hepatitis A in Western States such as California, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona where hundreds were sickened with Hepatitis A from eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant berries, sold at Costco. The cases raged on for four years before Ron Simon & Associates were able to force the defendants to pay the damages for their victims.
Ron Simon & Associates has also represented thousands of victims of Salmonella, E. coli, Norovirus. hemolytic uremic syndrome, campylobacter, clostridium difficile,
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