BALTIMORE, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the national law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with co-counsel Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC., filed a lawsuit stemming from an E. coli outbreak at the Chelsea's Gentle Care Child Development Center, formerly located at 531 Old Westminster Pike, Suite 102, Westminster, Maryland, 21157, in Carroll County, Maryland.
A copy of the lawsuit is attached.
The lawsuit was filed in Carroll County, Maryland, on behalf of Tim and Meghan Rose, along with their son; Emily Starrs and Justin Gates, along with their son; and Rebecca and Adam Gorman, along with their two daughters. Each of the four children attended Chelsea's Gentle Care, where they were exposed to, and sickened by, E. coli bacteria.
Two of the children were hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital for weeks, and both developed a severe complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome requiring extensive dialysis.
Chelsea's Gentle Care Child Development Center – 23 Victims Identified
On May 26, 2015, a clinical laboratory notified the Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) that a stool specimen collected from a Chelsea's Gentle Care child had tested positive for shiga toxin-producing E. coli ("STEC"). The BCDH began an investigation, and quickly identified other victims.
By Saturday, May 30, 2015, the Carroll County Health Department (CCHD) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who had joined the investigation, recommended that Chelsea's Gentle Care center cease operations to prevent ongoing transmission of this potentially deadly pathogen. As the investigation continued, health officials identified 23 victims linked to exposure at Chelsea's Gentle Care.
Attorney Ron Simon Issues Statement, Sets up E. Coli Claim Center
Lead attorney Ron Simon, who represents each of the families in this lawsuit, issued the following statement today: "Child care facilities have a sacred duty to provide a safe and sanitary environment for the children in their care. In this instance, Chelsea's Gentle Care failed to implement safety measures that prevented the occurrence and spread of this dangerous pathogen. Through this lawsuit, we will determine exactly how this happened so that we can prevent it from happening again."
Mr. Simon and his law firm have established a Chelsea's Gentle Care E. Coli Claim Center to assist victims in the outbreak. The Claims Center can be reached toll-free at 1-888-335-4901.
About Ron Simon
Over the last 20 years, Ron Simon and his colleagues have prosecuted thousands of communicable disease cases for victims across the United States. His work has resulted in numerous improvements in sanitation and good manufacturing standards in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous communicable pathogens.
Mr. Simon and his clients have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media. He regularly publishes articles about communicable diseases and food safety at www.foodpoisoningnews.com which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.
Through litigation, media commentary, and his many presentations and publications, Mr. Simon relentlessly challenges institutions, manufacturers, distributors, and restaurants to do a better job in keeping the public safe.
For media inquiries or more information on the Chelsea's Gentle Care E. coli outbreak and ongoing litigation, please contact Ron Simon directly at (713) 819-8116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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