Food Poisoning And You

Posted on: 21 February 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical reports, and various other sources that were studied, foodborne pathogens account for over 76 million illnesses annually. This results in over 300,000 hospitalizations, and unfortunately, 5,000 deaths.

Of course, many of these cases of "food poisoning" are caused by improper food handling in the home environment, but many are a result of food suppliers, restaurants, and other food handling services not following the proper procedures in place to prevent a foodborne illness outbreak.

In addition to most people becoming quite ill, the above statistics show just how dangerous, even deadly, a foodborne illness can be, especially in those with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly, the very young, pregnant women, and others who are not in the greatest health to begin with. Not only does a person have to deal with the physical symptoms, but many are then left with expensive medical bills, lost wages, and even the loss of their life. Thankfully, if you or someone you love has been a victim of a foodborne illness, you likely have legal recourse. Here is what you need to know.

What Causes Foodborne Illnesses?

Salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and norovirus are a few of the more common pathogens that cause food poisoning, but molds, contaminants, and other bacteria and viruses can also be the cause. Cross-contamination, such as touching raw chicken that is contaminated with salmonella, and then moving on to prepare raw vegetables with washing your hands, cutting surface, and cutting tools, is a big cause of foodborne illnesses.

What Are The Symptoms Of Food Poisoning?

The symptoms will vary depending on the specific pathogen, but typically, stomach cramps, severe diarrhea and nausea, fever, and general malaise are the most common symptoms. They usually come on quite quickly after eating the contaminated food. Dehydration can occur rapidly, which can then cause more serious medical issues, such as kidney problems. Nerve and brain damage can also occur in severe cases.

What Type Of Legal Case Covers A Food Poisoning Suit?

It depends on the circumstances, of course. It may be a matter of a personal injury case, or it could be a product liability case. It could also be both. You and your personal injury attorney will have to prove that a particular outlet or product is responsible for your illness. This is easier to do when many people become ill and an investigation is commenced as a result. A premise liability claim or a civil suit may also be an option.


Always Know Your Renter's Rights

After my mother suffered a fall on the icy steps of her apartment building, I learned a lot about renter's rights, and I want to share my story and tips to help others. My mother was extremely afraid to pursue action against the apartment owners who were at fault for her fall due to fear she would be kicked out of her apartment. I found out that there are state laws that protect apartment renters from retaliation for asserting their rights as renters. However, it is very important to have any attorney on your side when you pursue a personal injury lawsuit against an apartment owner; the owner is less likely to even try to illegally evict you if they know you have an attorney already on your side. I hope you can learn a lot from my story and the other tips I share on this blog!