Multi-State Listeriosis Outbreak Results in Death for Two Coloradans

Most of us go about our daily lives completely unaware of some of the dangers we face in the simple act of living. But in a recent incident involving the ingestion of cantaloupe, two Coloradans and their families experienced the ultimate sacrifice: loss of life.

After eating Rocky Ford cantaloupe purchased at their local grocery stores, people in several states, including Nebraska, Texas and Colorado, became suddenly ill, reporting symptoms such as gastrointestinal distress, fever, chills, muscle pain, vomiting and severe headache.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) later determined that cantaloupe infected with listeriosis was the source of the illness, which is often transmitted through vegetables, meats and raw milk products that have come into contact with contaminated soil or manure left by infected animals. In its severest form, this dangerous infection can result in meningitis, pneumonia, septicemia (a blood infection), endocarditis (infection of the lining of the heart) and, ultimately, organ failure.

This outbreak is currently under investigation by three state health departments, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service. But for the families of the two unfortunate Coloradans who died as a result, nothing can bring their loved ones back.

Who is responsible for these deaths? The cantaloupe growers? The distributors? Or possibly the grocery chains who bought and resold the fruit?

Those who suffered serious illness from the outbreak are advised to seek legal counsel for possible redress and recovery of damages. Those survivors of victims who have died would be wise to seek counsel for what is generally called “wrongful death.” A qualified lawyer or law firm, such as The Sawaya Law Firm, can answer those questions. Investigation and gathering of evidence is essential to these cases and time is always of the essence.

If you or a loved one have been injured or harmed through the negligence of someone else, you need to hold the responsible party accountable. Attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm have experience in this area and can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

If you need help with a serious bodily injury or a wrongful death lawsuit, contact us today. The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us for a free consultation.


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.