Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with hepatitis A, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
September 30, 2016 – The hepatitis A outbreak has sickened at least 284 people to date, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. Onset dates of their illnesses range from June 12 through September 16. At least 71 victims had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization.
Although the scallops were identified as the likely source of the outbreak on August 15, temporarily closing the Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii and embargoing the scallops, it is likely that new hepatitis A cases will continue to be reported seeing as symptoms can take up to 50 days to appear.
Unvaccinated people can contract hepatitis A from “contact” with infected people, and the virus can be transmitted via infected food service workers who can be contagious before they begin to develop symptoms. However, Hawaii health officials are not aware of any infections being transmitted through food service workers.
Hepatitis A Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that some people — especially children — with hepatitis A may not have any telltale signs or symptoms of the infection. If they do occur, however, symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
Symptoms usually last less than 2 months, although some people can be sick for up to 6 months. Almost all people who get hepatitis A recover completely and do not have any permanent liver damage, although they may feel sick for months.
In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death, although this typically only occurs in patients over the age of 50, and in those who have other liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or C.
Do I Have a Genki Sushi Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Genki Sushi lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new hepatitis cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was sickened, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.