Over sixty people have fallen ill after eating at the Casa Fiesta in
Thus far one of the victims is suing the restaurant. Kody Dewitt is seeking over $25,000 in damages for his hospital bills and hardships he claims to have suffered after eating the salmonella-tainted food. The lawsuit follows an Ohio Department of Health investigation into the initial 26 confirmed cases of Salmonella food poisoning.
The lawsuit states that soon after Dewitt ate at Casa Fiesta, he fell violently ill and required hospitalization. He lost wages as a result of the poisoning and feels as though he sustained bodily injury and permanent damage that will forever limit his earning capability. Local news agencies have reported that more people who were sickened by the salmonella plan on suing the restaurant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 40,000 cases of Salmonellosis are reported annually. Salmonella can occur when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not sanitize their hands after handling meat. Salmonella poisoning can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain and cramping. Generally, the illness lasts a week and most recover without treatment.