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Pritzker Olsen Files Lawsuit Against Subway On Behalf Of Shigella Victim

MINNEAPOLIS — Pritzker Olsen law firm has filed a lawsuit against Neel Subway Inc., owner of the Subway restaurant at 1009 East Roosevelt Road in Lombard, Ill., on behalf of a resident of DuPage County, Illinois, who battled a severe Shigella infection after eating at the Lombard Subway.

The law firm also represents several other people who contracted Shigella infections (shigellosis) after eating at the Lombard Subway, and said it is preparing to file additional lawsuits in the near future.

According to the complaint filed March 18 in the Circuit Court of DuPage County, Patricia Larsen ate a veggie sandwich from the Lombard Subway on Feb. 26. The next morning, she was overwhelmed by severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, chills, fever and other symptoms. Her condition deteriorated over the next several days, prompting her to see a doctor on March 3. Results of a stool culture came back positive for Shigella sonnei.

The lawsuit states that Larsen, who could not eat food for several days and missed nearly two weeks of work, is one of more than 50 people sickened in the Lombard Subway Shigella outbreak.

Certain food handlers at the restaurant tested positive for Shigella, according to the complaint. If a food handler infected with Shigella does not wash his or her hands adequately, contaminated human waste can get on food served to patrons, which will then make the patrons who consume the food sick.

"Our client has suffered and will continue to suffer great pain due to an elementary collapse of food safety measures,'' said Fred Pritzker, founder and president of Pritzker Olsen.

The lawsuit alleges that Subway failed to adequately maintain or monitor the sanitary conditions of its food, drink, water, premises and employees. The restaurant also allegedly failed to ensure its workers were properly trained in safe food handling methods and to design or implement a sick-leave policy that would encourage or cause employees to not work while sick, according to the suit.

Pritzker Olsen is a nationally recognized food safety law firm that has represented victims in practically every major outbreak of food poisoning in the United States. For more information, visit