AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attorneys from the national food safety law firm, Pritzker|Olsen, P.A. filed a lawsuit on May 19, 2015 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) on behalf of a man who suffered Listeria meningitis with encephalitis as a result of eating Blue Bell ice cream contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Eric Hageman, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are representing 32-year old D. Philip Shockley in the lawsuit against Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, along with Dallas attorney Jeff Tillotson.
In 2013, Phil Shockley was serving as the executive director of a campus-style retirement community in Houston, Texas. While at work, Mr. Shockley regularly consumed single-serving Blue Bell ice cream produced at Blue Bell’s production facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In addition, he consumed Blue Bell ice cream at home, which he purchased from retail stores.
In late October 2013, Mr. Shockley fell ill, suffering a headache, nausea and a high temperature. After several days, his sickness progressed to the point where he was found unconscious in his apartment by a co-worker, after he failed to show up for work. When he recovered consciousness after six days, Mr. Shockley was unable to walk, talk, swallow, see properly or move much of his body. He was formally diagnosed with Listeria meningitis with encephalitis. Since that time, Mr. Shockley has endured grueling inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and has been forced to move back to his childhood home in Maryland to allow his parents to care for him. Because of his severe neurological impairment, long hospitalizations and ongoing treatment, Mr. Shockley has been unable to work.
In March of 2015, health officials linked Blue Bell ice cream to a Listeria outbreak that has killed three people and sickened at least seven others. After Listeria monocytogenes was found in Blue Bell production facilities, the company halted production at all of the company’s plants and issued a nationwide recall of all Blue Bell products.
“This is a case which highlights the tragic human cost of foodborne illness,” said Pritzker|Olsen lawyer Brendan Flaherty. “Phil Shockley’s loss has been profound and has caused enormous life changes for Phil and his family. This is why we ask food companies to make safety the top priority. This is why food safety matters.”
Case Number 1:15-cv-00425-LY
About Pritzker|Olsen Food Safety Law Firm
Pritzker|Olsen, P.A. is a national food safety law firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota which has represented people impacted by nearly every major Listeria outbreak over the past fifteen years, obtaining some of the nation’s largest reported foodborne illness recoveries on behalf of their clients. The food safety lawyers at Pritzker|Olsen can be contacted at 1-888-377-8900 or through the firm’s website, www.pritzkerlaw.com.