Ron Simon & Associates Files First Lawsuit Against Sunnyside Childcare Center
Jun 25, 2015, 06:28 ET
MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates filed the first lawsuit stemming from the Sunnyside Childcare food poisoning outbreak in Montgomery, AL.
A copy of the lawsuit is attached.
The lawsuit was filed against the Sunnyside Childcare Center in the District Court of Montgomery County, AL, on behalf of Montgomery residents Janelle Hamilton and her son, Arquise.
Arquise was one of the thirty children hospitalized after being picked up from the summer camp program at Sunnyside. Janelle had dropped her three sons off at the center around 8:00 a.m., where they remained until just before 3 p.m. When Cora Hamilton, Arquise's grandmother, went to pick up the boys, she was shocked that scores of children around the facility were vomiting and suffering nausea and diarrhea. On the way home, Arquise passed out in the car and Cora took him to Baptist South Hospital.
Doctors admitted Arquise and transferred him to the pediatric wing, where he continued to suffer violent episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. Officials from the Alabama Department of Human Resources interviewed Janelle and several other concerned parents of victims at the hospital.
The investigation into the Sunnyside Childcare Center outbreak is ongoing, but reports indicate that at least 86 children were sickened on Tuesday. At least 30 have been hospitalized, with all but two reportedly discharged as of today.
The health department investigation has currently uncovered Staphylococcus aureus, or "Staph," in four different samples from the center. Stool tests of victims are still pending, but the illnesses suffered by the children are consistent with bacterial infection. The results of the stool cultures will be announced in the coming days.
Attorney Ron Simon Issues Statement for Victims, Sets up Claim Center
Lead attorney Ron Simon, who represents Janelle Hamilton, Arquise Hamilton, and several other Sunnyside Childcare Center victims, issued the following statement today: "It is terribly unfortunate that so many children were sickened in this outbreak. Through this lawsuit and others, we will determine exactly where food safety failures occurred and how they can be prevented in the future."
Mr. Simon and his law firm have established a Sunnyside Childcare Claims 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 food poisoning cases for victims across the United States. His work has resulted in numerous upgrades to food safety procedures in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous food-borne 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. Mr. Simon has collected over $600,000,000 for his clients. He regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation at www.foodpoisoningnews.com which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.
Through litigation, media commentary, and his food poisoning publications, Mr. Simon relentlessly challenges food manufacturers, distributors, and restaurants to do a better job in making our food safe.
For media inquiries or more information on the Sunnyside Childcare Center outbreak and ongoing litigation, please contact Ron Simon directly at (713) 819-8116 or [email protected].
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