Tropical Smoothie Café is facing multiple class action lawsuits from people who were exposed to hepatitis A and required a vaccine after eating strawberry smoothies since April 2016.
Need a Texas Tropical Smoothie Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with hepatitis A, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Tropical Smoothie Class Action Lawsuits
On August 25, a class action (PDF) was filed by Laura L. Pyka on behalf of everyone who needed a vaccine after eating at Tropical Smoothie Café in July and August 2016. The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Virginia.
Individual lawsuits have also been filed by people who were actually diagnosed with hepatitis A. The first was filed by a man from Virginia who was hospitalized for 4 days. He is seeking $100,000 to pay for his injury, medical expenses, and lost wages. Another individual lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a man from Woodbridge who was hospitalized for 3 days. Click here to read more.
Hepatitis A Outbreak
As of September 16, 2016, health officials have confirmed a total of 119 illnesses in 8 states. The case count is Arkansas (1), Maryland (12), New York (3), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Virginia (94), West Virginia (6), and Wisconsin (1). At least 47 ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported
Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes frozen strawberries imported from Egypt caused the outbreak of hepatitis A. The strain of hepatitis A is the same one that caused two outbreaks in Europe in 2013 in which over 100 people were sickened by strawberries from Egypt and Morocco.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that causes liver inflammation. It spreads by the “fecal-to-oral” route of transmission and outbreaks occur due to contaminated food or water.
The symptoms can begin anywhere from 15-50 days after exposure, and persist for up to 6 months. The symptoms include:
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Muscle aches
- Anorexia (loss of appetite)
- Abdominal discomfort
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. However, our lawyers are not filing a class action lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Café. Instead, we are filling individual lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with hepatitis A.
About Class Actions
In hepatitis A outbreaks, class actions are a great way to help everyone who was exposed and needed a vaccine. Everyone has a similar legal claim. If compensation is awarded, everyone shares equally.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions improve efficiency, but they are not designed to maximize compensation for individuals who have more serious injuries than the average person.
Some people with hepatitis A have only a mild flu-like illness, while others are hospitalized or have months of symptoms. Because each cases is so different, they need to be handled as individual lawsuits rather than a class action.
There is no excuse for selling food contaminated with hepatitis A. Our law firm specializes in helping people seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, long-term injuries, and more.
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