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HEALTH ALERT: Victims Of Hepatitis A Infections In Kentucky May Be Owed Compensation

 

Call Now To See If You Are Owed For Medical Bills, Lost Wages and Pain and Suffering.

 

An outbreak of Hepatitis A has been confirmed in Kentucky with nearly 150 people being diagnosed.

In March of 2018,  Health Officials confirmed Kentucky’s first death linked to the outbreak of Hepatitis A that has also claimed the lives of more than 40 people nationwide.

A recent report on Food Safety News reported “More bad news hit the headlines in the Bluegrass State this week as the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reported on Tuesday that customers of both Waffle House restaurant locations in Boyd County were potentially exposed to the highly contagious virus by an infected foodservice worker.”

In the same report, Food Safety News indicated that the owner and employees of The Waffle House restaurant have cooperated with health officials to identify all employee contacts, according to the county alert.

Important: If you consumed food or beverages at either of the Waffle House locations during the exposure period of Feb. 12-28, 2018: You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering related to the infection.

In addition to the Waffle House infection, an employee at a Kroger in Louisville was diagnosed with Hepatitis A according to a report in the Courier-Journal. The Kroger located at 4915 Dixie Highway advised shoppers to throw away produce bought at the store from Feb. 4 to 28.

In the same article the Courier-Journal noted, “The Kroger employee was wearing gloves while handling the produce, the Courier-Journal reported, but that does not eliminate the risk of acquiring the virus.”

There have been confirmed Hepatitis A cases in Lexington, Jefferson County and additional cases in Anderson, Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Hopkins, Kenton, Leslie, Marion, McCracken, Russell, Spencer and Taylor counties.

The Health Department said that Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus, which hits adults the hardest. Symptoms include: fatigue, sudden nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, dark urine, joint pain, yellowing of the skin and whites of your eyes and intense itching.

People are at risk for the virus if they have been:

  • Exposed to someone with it
  • Have traveled to a country where the virus is common
  • If they are homeless or lack access to adequate restroom facilities
  • Use illicit drugs
  • Or have had sexual contact with an infected person.

There is a two-week window upon exposure for an individual to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine, the health department said.

While the time frame to receive post-exposure vaccinations passed on March 13, 2018, your ability to seek compensation for your injuries may still be available to you. Don’t wait however, as important dates and critical information could be lost if you delay contacting us to help you determine whether or not you have a case.

The Hepatitis A Virus is a liver disease that can contaminate foods, beverages, surfaces, clothing, bed linens and is often because of inadequate hand washing. It can be spread by close physical contact with an infected person, including through sexual contact or intravenous drug use.

It’s also important to know that if you’ve been infected, or are starting to show symptoms of a possible infection some adults and most young children don’t develop their symptoms while infected but they are still able to spread the virus. According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention it can take up to 50 days from exposure to the illness for symptoms to develop.

If infected, and once you’ve received medical attention, contact Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers immediately so our team can begin helping you determine the best steps to protect you and your future.

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