SEATTLE, WA - The parents of Brandon Brammer, a 14-year old boy from Salem, filed the second lawsuit against the Wendy’s restaurant located at 2375 Commercial Street in Salem, Oregon. The lawsuit claims that Wendy’s is liable for injuries and damages that Brandon sustained as one of the victims of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to two Wendy’s restaurants. The Oregon Health District states that there are currently 17 confirmed cases of E.coli associated with the outbreak, and as many as 68 others have been sickened. According to William Marler, an attorney for the Brammers, “Once we learn which meat supplier is responsible for supplying these restaurants, it is likely that we will also add them to the lawsuit. Given that two Wendy’s outlets have now been implicated, cross-contamination from a beef source is certainly the most likely mode of transmission of this deadly bacteria.”
On both August 15 and 16, Brandon stopped at the Salem Wendy’s for a Grilled Chicken Sandwich meal. Over the course of the next few days, he developed nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. On Saturday, August 19, Brandon began suffering from severe headaches and bloody stool. On August 21 his parents took him to the Salem Hospital emergency room, where he was examined and ultimately diagnosed with a severe E. coli infection. Because of his infection, Brandon lost 12 pounds.
The Brammers are represented by Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm known its successful representation of persons injured in food-borne illness outbreaks, and local counsel, Michael S. Morey, a respected Portland-area trial attorney with a successful history in product liability litigation. Mr. Marler and Mr. Morey have served as co-counsel on previous lawsuits. Currently, they represent 10 families in this outbreak.