CHAMPAIGN — The attorneys for an Iowa woman who allegedly got sick after eating a sandwich with sprouts from a Jimmy John's restaurant in West Des Moines, Iowa, have filed a lawsuit against the restaurant.
Attorneys Steven P. Wandor and Kara M. Simons of Des Moines filed suit in district court in Polk County, Iowa, on Tuesday on behalf of Heather Tuttle, 27, of Clive, Iowa. Wandor and Simons are working in conjunction with a Seattle-based law firm that specializes in food safety cases, Marler Clark.
Jimmy John's spokeswoman Mary Trader did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday night. The company is based in Champaign.
According to court documents, Tuttle ate a Turkey Tom sandwich with sprouts from the Jimmy John's restaurant at 1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, on Jan. 3.
Tuttle said she began experiencing severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea on Jan. 5. She later developed severe body aches, and her diarrhea turned bloody and was filled with mucous.
As her condition continued to worsen, she underwent a colonoscopy.
On Jan. 12, she sought treatment at a hospital emergency room, where she was treated for dehydration and other symptoms.
Her bloody diarrhea lasted for two weeks, and regular diarrhea continued for another week after that.
A stool sample tested positive for E. coli poisoning, according to the report.
Last week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 12 cases of E. coli poisoning in five states have been linked to raw clover sprouts eaten at Jimmy John's restaurants.
According to the centers' website, five people were reported ill in Iowa, three in Missouri, two in Kansas, one in Arkansas and one in Wisconsin.
The suit demands a jury trial and seeks an unspecified amount of damages to "reasonably compensate her for the injuries and damages, together with interest and costs."