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Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Shigella causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the U.S. each year. There are four different species of Shigella that may cause illness:

  • Shigella sonnei (the most common species in the United States)
  • Shigella flexneri
  • Shigella boydii
  • Shigella dysenteriae

Shigella infections are most commonly seen in child-care settings and schools. Shigellosis is also a common cause of traveler’s diarrhea from contaminated food and water.

Foods most often linked to Shigella outbreaks are salads and sandwiches that involve a lot of handling in food preparation, and Food-borne Illness. Ingesting a very small amount of the Shigella bacteria into your mouth is enough to cause symptoms. Plaintiffs can hold those responsible for illness in a Shigella infection lawsuit.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury attorney with experience in injuries due to food poisoning. The Lyon Firm has represented plaintiffs nationwide in foodborne illness claims and can review your Shigella Infection Lawsuit.

Signs & Symptoms of Shigella Infection

Symptoms of shigellosis typically present one to three days after exposure to the germ and symptoms usually last about 5 to 7 days. In some cases, it can be several months before bowel habits are entirely normalized. Symptoms may include:

  • Sudden abdominal cramping
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea that may be bloody or contains mucus
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling the need to pass stool when bowels are empty

Shigella bacteria are found in the stool of infected people, and can persist for up to a week or two after the diarrhea symptoms have gone. Shigella germs are very contagious, and people generally contract shigellosis when they ingest something that has come into contact with the stool of someone else who is ill with shigellosis.

Food Illness & Shigella Infection Lawsuit

Children, especially toddlers aged two to four are at most risk of contracting shigellosis. Typical risk factors include the following:

  • Touching anything contaminated with germs from an infected person, such as toys, bathroom fixtures, or diaper changing tables
  • Changing the diapers of a sick child
  • Eating food prepared by someone ill with shigellosis
  • Swallowing contaminated water from a lake, river or swimming pool
  • Having exposure to stool during sexual contact with someone carrying the shigella bacteria
    Prevention is crucial, and certain safety measures include:
  • Washing hands with soap frequently, especially using bathrooms, after changing diapers, and before preparing food
  • Properly disposing of soiled diapers
  • Disinfecting diaper changing areas with each use
  • Keeping children with diarrhea away from child care settings
  • Supervising the hand washing of children
  • Refraining from preparing food for others while ill with diarrhea
  • Avoiding ingesting water from ponds, lakes, or swimming pools
  • Drinking only treated or boiled water in developing countries


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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