Every year, about 1 in every 6 people in the country gets sick from foodborne illnesses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). The amounts to about 48 million people affected, with around 128,000 of them hospitalized and 3,000 dead. In one food-safety case, 3 individuals were hospitalized after eating food contaminated with the E. coli bacteria from a restaurant chain in Seattle. In another food-safety case, a restaurant in Orlando, Florida went under state investigation when about 40 people became ill after eating there. The state investigation found the restaurant contained spoiled vegetables and fruits, and allowed sick employees to handle food. In yet another food-safety case, a restaurant chain in Massachusetts was closed down after over a hundred customers became sick with the norovirus.
The CDC recognizes 31 major pathogens that causes foodborne illness in the U.S. The most common pathogens starting with the most common are:
- Nontyphoidal Salmonella ssp.
- Clostridium Perfringens.
- Campylobacter ssp.
The most common food source for death caused by foodborne illnesses are meat and poultry. A person could become infected various ways, including but not limited to:
- Consuming undercooked or raw meat.
- Consuming food prepared by people who did not adequately washed their hands, kitchen supplies and utensils, or surfaces that came in contact with harmful bacteria or viruses.
- Consuming food that is not stored in the appropriate temperature.
- Consuming food that came in contact with contaminated water.
Food poisoning could be particularly difficult to litigate without professional personal injury attorneys experienced in food poisoning cases. Experienced attorney could help determine who is at fault for spreading the foodborne illness, keep track of the time sensitivity of a case, as well as sort out the details of the dynamics of a food poisoning case. There may be more than one party that could be held liable for infecting a consumer with a foodborne illness, such as the establishment that sold the contaminated food, the person preparing the food, and the manufacturers who supply a restaurant with the raw ingredients. You or a loved one may have been food poisoned if you or a loved one experienced one or more of these symptoms within hours of consuming food prepared by someone other than yourself:
- Watery Diarrhea.
- Abdominal Pain and Cramps.
- Excessive Thirst.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to representing victims of food poisoning because we understand that the difficulties they face and the spread of foodborne illnesses could be prevented. Our attorneys have won many personal injury cases over the years. We are confident that we can help you get the justice and compensation. If you or a loved one experienced gastrointestinal pain from consuming contaminated food, you or the loved one may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Expenses.
- Rehabilitation Expenses.
- Lost Wages.
- Pain & Suffering.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable food poisoning attorneys are ready to protect your rights and obtain justice for you as well as your loved ones. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Mitcheson & Lee at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635.