A diner claiming she contracted E. coli from eating food from Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill has filed a lawsuit against the Bridgeport restaurant and five more have also contacted attorneys. It's unknown if the Chicago Department of Public Health has traced the origin of the bacteria, but they're now saying as many as 50 have been affected by the outbreak. The restaurant and a second location in West Town remain closed.
Previously, the health department reported least 25 diners were affected. It's hard to determine how they've gotten sick because they've eaten different items during the last week of June. The Tribune reported that Chicago resident Melissa Andrews allegedly ate three chicken tacos on June 22 from a food delivery, then suffered stomach pains and bloody stool. She was hospitalized on June 28 and released July 1. She's seeking at least $30,000 in damages. Andrews' Seattle-based attorney represents four other diners, reports DNAinfo. The lawyer specializes in such cases, having dealt with clients who recently ate at Chipotle. The chain recently dealt with their own E. coli outbreak last year.
In a separate story, DNAinfo reported that another diner, Joey Jagminas, allegedly ate a steak burrito there on June 23. He was hospitalized for 12 hours on June 30. There's no word if he'll seek legal retribution, only saying that he'll never eat there again.
Meanwhile, another diner, Pamela Hollins, was hospitalized after eating at Carbón on June 25, according to a news release put out by Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, the firm that's representing her. Hollins allegedly ate chicken and veggie quesadillas at the restaurant. A spokeswoman for the firm said they're still only considering a lawsuit. They haven't spoken with Andrews' lawyer.
DNAinfo reporter Joe Ward also chronicled his own ordeal as he wrote that he contracted E. coli after eating at the restaurant on June 25. He wrote that he chowed down on tacos, chips and guacamole and mentioned mounting medical bills. He didn't mention that he was pondering legal action.