The new suit was filed in Cook County, Illinois, on behalf of Plaintiff Cody Barra, who regularly ate salads at the McDonald’s at 1013 Court Street, in Pekin, Illinois.
By early July, Cody began experiencing a range of severe gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, gas, bloating, fatigue, nausea, and weight loss, with the symptoms coming and going intermittently.
Like many other people who had eaten McDonald’s salads and then suffered these unexplained symptoms, Barra and his doctors were unaware as to the source of his illness until news of the cyclospora outbreak was made public. To confirm the link, Plaintiff requested a cyclospora-specific test, which he underwent at the Proctor First Care in Peoria Heights. The full-spectrum analysis tested positive for cyclosporiasis, confirming the link to McDonald’s salads.
“My firm represents dozens of victims in the McDonald’s salads and Del Monte veggie tray cyclospora outbreaks,” said lead attorney Ron Simon, whio represents Plaintiff Barra in the case. “Many of our clients have experienced difficulty in getting the proper cyclospora test performed. I have spoken to a number of the health departments and medical professionals in recent days, and most are now prepared to properly test and diagnose those people who were infected by this painful and destructive parasite. Through these lawsuits, we will determine where the American food safety system was breached, and make sure it does not happen again.”
Ron Simon & Associates filed the first McDonald’s cyclospora lawsuit this week in Cook County, Illinois.