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1st wrongful death suit filed after listeria outbreak

Sometimes it is impossible to know that a simple choice can change one's life forever. For example, more people in New York seem to be choosing foods that are organic or raw as a healthier or more natural alternative to the glut of processed foods in the typical diet. Nevertheless, even raw foods come with their own hazards. In fact, one widow in another state has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after an ill-fated food choice took the life of her husband.

The man consumed raw cheese manufactured by a New York-based creamery which specializes in raw milk products. Soon after eating the soft cheese, he fell ill. Because he experienced symptoms of listeriosis, he went to the emergency room and was hospitalized at a nearby medical center. A week later, the hospital transferred the man to a rehabilitation center where he suffered a massive stroke and died.

The man's death was the second related to a listeria outbreak that was traced back to a particular cheese manufactured by the creamery. Authorities confirmed that the cheese tested positive for the listeria germ that can cause deadly infections. The company has since recalled soft cheeses sold under numerous brand names throughout several states.

The widow's wrongful death lawsuit may be only the first as others affected by the outbreak begin to assess the damages they have sustained. People in New York who lose loved ones because of the negligence or carelessness of others have every right to seek legal advice about their circumstances. Obtaining compensation for the costs associated with the sickness and death of a loved one may be one step toward coping and recovering.

Source: Fox News, "Widow names raw milk creamery linked to listeria outbreak in wrongful death lawsuit", March 15, 2017

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