Local E. Coli Patient's Family Hires Attorney

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A local patient infected in the nationwide E. Coli outbreak has hired an attorney, claiming his serious illness is a direct result of eating Rich Products' recalled food.

The patient's attorney says he ate slices of Farm Rich pizza before becoming very sick.

Robert Ormsby, Jr. is now in intensive care at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

The family's attorney released a statement, saying in part "Robert Ormsby's Jr.'s condition is very serious and will require many more weeks of hospitalization."

There have been 24 reported cases of E. Coli. One has been linked to Rich Products.

E. Coli is usually linked to meats, seafood and poultry. However, it can also come from unpasteurized dairy.

Some forms of infection are minor, but others are very serious.

Dr. James Swiencicki says "If these infections go untreated that can result in damage to our kidneys, it can result in a blood stream infection, and go onto develop organ damage from that."

A Rich Products spokesperson says the foods that have been recalled were produced in Georgia.

Dwight Gram says, "We're deploying our full resource and partnership with the USDA and CDC to discover what Rich products are connected to the recent outbreak of E-Coli, and we're taking every measure to address this situation."

A Rich Products spokesperson says the food recalled were produced in Georgia.

The company says it has reached out to the family of the infected patient in Western New York.

Doctors say the best way to prevent getting the E. Coli bacterial infection is make sure all meats, seafood and poultry are cooked well done.

They add it's also best to wash your hands when cooking or handling any raw foods.