Foodborne Illness

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne Illness Attorneys

Foodborne illness or food poisoning can impact anyone at any time. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)[1] estimate that each year, 48 million Americans become sick from a foodborne illness. Of those people, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from their illness.  While there are certain steps you can take to prevent foodborne illnesses in your own kitchen[2], your food could be contaminated at any point before it reaches your plate.

Foodborne illness is most commonly caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can come into contact with your food at any stage of the production process.  Oftentimes, exposure to these contaminants only causes mild discomfort or symptoms you may not recognize as foodborne illness. However, more extreme symptoms such as frequent vomiting, extreme pain or abdominal cramping, a high fever, and dehydration[3] may lead to treatment by a doctor or even hospitalization.

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

Most Escherichia coli (E. coli) are completely harmless and, in fact, are already found in your intestinal track. However, some strains of E. coli can be harmful and spread through contaminated food or water. In the U.S., there are two frequently diagnosed types of E. coli that cause diarrheal illness: Shiga toxin producing (STEC) or enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC).[4] ETEC is commonly referred to as travelers’ diarrhea[5] and as its name suggests, usually occurs during travel. This strain is rarely serious and at most, usually makes for a very unpleasant trip.

Outbreaks of E. coli in the U.S. are usually referring to a type of STEC E. coli called STEC 0157. This strain of E. Coli can lead to Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure. Most people will recover within a few weeks, but many suffer permanent health problems. HUS can affect anyone who has been impacted by STEC 0157. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

Why Early Action is Important

When grocery stores, restaurants or food processors deviate from proper food safety procedures, the risk of contamination and food poisoning increases. Acting quickly after exposure to a foodborne illness is crucial. If you believe you or a loved one has contracted a foodborne illness due to the negligence of another, it is important to contact an attorney right away. Early action can lead to a better investigation and increase the possibility of preserving evidence.

Know Your Rights

An experienced attorney can help to determine whether your injury qualifies as a viable claim, and that attorney’s assistance can be essential in collecting financial compensation. Damages may include reimbursement or compensation for:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future medical needs

Why Choose Allen & Allen?

The attorneys at Allen & Allen have more the 600 years of combined legal experience and have specialized experience in foodborne illness. In our 100-year history, we have handled many complex and devastating cases. After you’ve been hurt, recovering should be your focus. We take the time to listen and learn about all the aspects of your case so that we can take on the legal burden for you. Every case is different and the attorneys at Allen & Allen are committed to taking the right steps for your unique situation.

Start Rebuilding Your Life

If you or a loved one has suffered from a foodborne illness, you may have a valid negligence claim. You should not have to carry the financial burden of an illness caused by another’s wrongdoing. At Allen & Allen, our team of experienced lawyers and network of medical experts will work to build a solid case on your behalf while you focus on your recovery. Let us help you collect the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call 1-866-895-5713 or fill out our contact form.

[1]                      https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/foodborne-germs.html

[2]                      https://www.allenandallen.com/do-i-need-a-lawyer-for-food-poisoning/

[3]                      https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230

[4]                      https://www.cdc.gov/features/ecoliinfection/index.html

[5]                      https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travelers-diarrhea

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