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Guillain-Barré Syndrome

What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?

Guillain-Barré (Ghee-YAN Bah-RAY) Syndrome (GBS) is a rare, autoimmune disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that last for a few weeks to several years. Most people recover fully, but some have permanent nerve damage. In some instances, people have died of GBS.

What are the symptoms of Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

Those suffering from GBS typically experience weakness or tingling sensations in both legs as the initial symptom. Many times, this tingling extends to the arms and upper body. Symptoms may increase to the point of some muscles being unusable, with severe cases resulting in complete paralysis. Symptoms typically progress over hours, days or weeks, although weakness often peaks within the first two weeks after symptoms first appear. Recovery takes as little as a few weeks but sometimes as long as a few years.

News Coverage of Guillain-Barré Litigation

Jury awards couple $6.7 million after food poisoning from Hillsborough County restaurant

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Angel and Maria Martinez regularly made the trip from Dade City to Hillsborough County to enjoy Lobster Haven Seafood Market…. Read more »

NBC News Channel 8

Couple awarded $6.7 million for food poisoning from raw oysters

That’s a lot of clams for some bad oysters. A jury in Florida awarded a couple $6.7 million after a restaurant served them oysters that caused food poisoning and led to a rare disorder for one of them that could’ve ended in paralysis. The jury ruled in favor… Read more »

New York Post

New York Post Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Restaurant customers awarded $6.7 million in alleged food poisoning case

OLDSMAR, Fla. — A jury has awarded a Dade City family $6.7 million after they allege they became severely ill after a visit to an Oldsmar restaurant. Court records show in December 2013, Angel and Maria Elena Martinez sat down for dinner at Lobster Haven on Hillsborough Avenue. “It… Read more »


Oysters suspected as jury awards couple $6.7 million in Tampa food poisoning

TAMPA — A jury awarded a couple $6.7 million after they got sick from eating seafood at a Tampa restaurant. The verdict came in May, years after the husband’s illness led to a rare disorder that causes paralysis and nerve damage. Angel Martinez and his wife Maria… Read more »

Tampa Bay Times

Florida Guillain-Barré Lawyers

Although reported cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome are still relatively rare, there are occasions when GBS can occur as a result of negligence. Our firm has assisted clients in obtaining compensation for GBS related injuries. We are extremely proud of the results we have achieve for our clients and make a deep emotional investment into improving the lives of individuals who turn to us for help. The cases we take on are not simple. They are all over Florida, both in state and federal court, and are sometimes pushing the edge of the legal issues we care about. For more information about seeking compensation for Guillain-Barré Syndrome, contact our experienced Florida attorneys at Swope, Rodante P.A.

Co-Counsel Attorneys

We consider a referral from other attorneys to be one of the greatest compliments we could ever receive. If your firm is interested in discussing a case or if you would like to learn more about previous verdicts or settlements we have obtained, please visit the co-counsel section of our website.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare, but devastating disease. If you have suffered from and been diagnosed with GBS and would like to discuss the matter with an experienced attorney, do not hesitate to call us at (813) 273-0017.


“Guillain-Barré Syndrome | Campylobacter” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, 2 Oct. 2017,

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