Bill Marler: Holiday Inn Should Pay Victims’ Medical Bills and Lost Wages


Attorney William Marler today called on the Holiday Inn Bordeaux to provide compensation for all 44 people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating food prepared at the hotel during an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. According to the Cumberland County Health Department, at least 5 people have been hospitalized as a result of their Salmonella infections. Marler argued that the Holiday Inn should compensate victims of the Salmonella outbreak for out-of-pocket medical costs and lost wages for missed time off work to care for themselves or family members suffering from Salmonella infections.

“Even for people with health insurance, medical bills can be a financial strain,” said Marler, the country’s preeminent attorney representing Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreak victims. “Parents miss time off of work to care for their children; husbands and wives take time off to care for one another. The Holiday Inn’s failure to produce a safe product impacted not only their physical health but also their financial health. The company should make an effort to restore its customers’ financial health as soon as possible.”

Marler noted that several strains of Salmonella are resistant to antibiotic treatment and that victims could undergo several rounds of antibiotics before being free of the infection, which causes fever, painful abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody.

Marler’s firm has worked with local North Carolina lawyers to represent North Carolina residents in outbreaks traced to ground beef, fairs and petting zoos, cookie dough, butter, ground turkey, peanut butter, pot pies, barbeque, tempeh, turkey, eggs and food served at restaurants. These include lawsuits filed in North Carolina on behalf of victims of the following E. coli, Salmonella or hepatitis A outbreaks:

2004 North Carolina State Fair Petting Zoo E. coli Outbreak

2011 Olive Garden Hepatitis A Exposure

2012 Cleveland County Fair E. coli Outbreak

2012 Lancaster’s BBQ Salmonella Outbreak

2012 Smiling Hara Tempeh Salmonella Outbreak

2012 Toast of Dilworth Salmonella Outbreak

2012 Sunland Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak