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Subway Lawsuit: Suburban Woman Claims Sandwich Made Her Sick

The Chicago Tribune reported on yet another food poisoning lawsuit against fast food chain Subway. Alicea Bush-Bailey, a 46-year-old Bolingbrook resident, claims she got sick after eating a sandwich from her local Subway restaurant. This Subway lawsuit is one of many recent ones filed against the chain.

Alicea Bush-Bailey's complaint, prepared by her Illinois injury attorney and filed in Will County court, claims the restaurant chain failed to prevent a salmonella outbreak. The suit reportedly doesn't indicate a dollar amount for damages but she claims the sandwich put her in the emergency room.

At least 97 people reported getting sick after eating at Subway restaurants in 28 counties, according to the Illinois Dept. of Public Health.

The plaintiff spoke with CBS News reporters about the incident and her lawsuit, suggesting that a lack of cleanliness resulted in the outbreak:

"If it was just me and I got ill, I could live with that. [But] to know that it was because of someone else not washing their hands, or handling the food wrong..."

The outbreak took place between May 11 and June 4 and prompted a swift apology by Subway, Reuters reported. The apology, delivered in a prepared statement, indicated that the company is working with Dept. of Health investigators to solve the "mystery" and that it has replaced all of the restaurants' produce supplies:

"We are confident the current fresh produce being served in Subway restaurants are safe to eat."

While that may not exactly do enough to make your mouth water for a Cold Cut Combo, it's important to note that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million people in the US get sick each year from food-borne illnesses.

No one died from the outbreak, which resulted in 26 reported hospitalizations.

Consult with an Illinois injury lawyer if you believe you became ill as a result of exposure to tainted Subway food.

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