Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a life-threatening type of kidney failure that occurs after certain infections and in response to certain medications. Our lawyers are filing lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with HUS as a result of a defective drug or infection caused by contaminated product.
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What’s the problem?
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is an illness that most commonly occurs in the aftermath of E. coli bacteria food poisoning. Unfortunately, HUS usually affects children under the age of 10, but adolescents and adults can get it as well. The syndrome is characterized by damage and destruction of the red blood cells, which leads to a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia), blood clots, and damage to blood vessel walls.
Most cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome are preceded by gastrointestinal illnesses, often from a foodborne germ that causes bloody diarrhea. This is what is referred to as Typical HUS. The most common microorganisms associated with Typical HUS are Escherichia coli 0157:H7 and Shigella, although it seems that nearly any infection that results in bloody diarrhea could lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome. The majority of HUS cases result from E. coli contamination of food like meat, dairy products, and juice. According to some studies, as many as 15 percent of children who are infected with E. coli develop hemolytic uremic syndrome at some point in the future.
Signs and Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Decreased urination or blood in the urine
- Abdominal pain, vomiting and occasionally fever
- Small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth
- Fatigue and irritability
- Confusion or seizures
- High blood pressure
- Swelling of the face, hands, feet or entire body
Treatment & Prevention
- Avoid unpasteurized milk, juice and cider.
- Wash hands well before eating and after using the restroom and changing diapers.
- Clean utensils and food surfaces often.
- Cook meat to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Defrost meat in the microwave or refrigerator.
- Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods. Don’t place cooked meat on plates previously contaminated by raw meat.
- Store meat below produce in the refrigerator to reduce the risk of liquids such as blood dripping on produce.
- Avoid unclean swimming areas. Don’t swim if you have diarrhea.
Do I have a Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in hemolytic uremic syndrome lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.