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E. coli victims have contacted lawyer; Personal-injury firm specializes in pursuing

From a recent article in the San Mateo County Times:

The families of several local E. coli sufferers have contacted a Seattle-based lawyer who has collected tens of millions of dollars in settlements in food-poisoning cases. William Marler, a personal-injury attorney who has represented hundreds of E. coli, salmonella and botulism victims, said Tuesday several County families have called his office to inquire about filing lawsuits.

As the outbreak of E. coli in the Sequoias-Portola Valley retirement community went into its 19th day Tuesday, one of two sufferers who had remained hospitalized at Stanford Medical Center was released.

And the family of Alice McWalter — the 85-year-old resident who died from kidney failure related to E. coli on Sunday — began preparing for a memorial service at her beloved Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley.

As the San Mateo County Times reported, health officials are still tracking the source of the outbreak, which sickened dozens of residents and staff members at the retirement center since it was reported Oct. 9. County Health Officer Scott Morrow said Monday that “food and food handlers” were being closely scrutinized, and said a report on the cause of the outbreak should be completed within a week.