It seems like every day that there is a massive recall of food items – meats, peanuts, chicken, vegetables, and even the recent recall of 2 million slim-fast shakes. Manufacturers often sacrifice safety in an effort to cut costs and rush new products to the market putting the public at risk for foodborne illnesses.
More than 300,000 people require hospitalization and over 5,000 people per year die as a result of foodborne illnesses and food poisoning. Children, elderly, pregnant women, those with a compromised immune system or liver disease, are the most likely to be affected by food poisoning. The most common pathogens and bacteria that lead to illness are: E.Coli, Salmonella, Botulism, Shigella, Hepatitis A.
Symptoms of food poisoning include: dehydration, fatigue, fever, nausea, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, etc. Many times symptoms will disappear with time, but foodborne illness can result in serious and permanent injuries, such as:
- Pregnant mothers can experience complications with the fetus
- Severe dehydration may require hospitalization
- Major organs may shutdown
- Reactive Arthritis
- Even Wrongful death
Who is responsible for food poisoning?
In a case of suspected food poisoning, there are many potential defendants along the food chain who may be responsible for your injuries. It is important to work with an attorney early in the process to help identify the responsible parties.
Producers are liable for injuries sustained if they place an unsafe food product into the market. Similarly, restaurants have an obligation to preserve and prepare food in a sanitary manner to eliminate any bacteria that may be present in the food.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a foodborne illness, contact our office immediately for a free consultation.