Recalled melon causes permanent brain damage, man files lawsuit

Brain injuries are some of the most traumatic, for both the person who is injured as well as close friends and family members. The smart, energetic person that they once knew is often replaced by a person who is easily confused and may require long-term physical care in Philadelphia. A brain injury can be caused by other things than a forceful impact, however. Eating the wrong food can also lead to a brain injury.

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a New Mexico man who suffered permanent brain damage from eating a cantaloupe infected with listeria bacteria. His partner rushed him to the hospital when the man started exhibiting stroke-like symptoms of serious confusion. Medical professionals misdiagnosed him, treating him for meningitis and transferring him to another unit in the hospital to be treated. When his condition worsened, it was determined that the man did not suffer from meningitis, but had developed brain lesions from listeriosis. The man ate a cantaloupe in early September from a Texas farm that was determined to be the cause of an outbreak that sickened as many as 147 people in 28 states. The melons were recalled in mid-September, nearly two weeks after an investigation was launched to determine the source of the outbreak. The cantaloupes were recalled, but too late to protect this man from permanent brain damage.

If you or someone you love has suffered a permanent disability or a major lifestyle change as a result of a brain injury caused by recalled food, you may want to speak with an attorney regarding your legal rights. Whether it is the grower, the distributer or the retailer that is determined to be negligent in handling the food, you could be entitled to compensation to pay for medical expenses and other damages.

Source: The New Mexican, “Lawsuit says tainted cantaloupe caused man’s brain injury,” Tom Sharpe, August 1, 2013.

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