Food poisoning and contamination causes over 5,000 deaths and more than 300,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. every year, leaving suffering and ongoing pain in their wake. Almost any food can become contaminated with dangerous and sometimes lethal bacteria if it is not handled or cooked properly.
Is Your Food Safe?
Foodborne illnesses are often the result of negligence in the hygienic handling, storage, or preparation of foods. The legal battle is complex, and the case against a negligent restaurant, food store, or manufacturer can be hard to prove. If you are willing to fight, we may be able to help you hold the negligent accountable and find compensation for your pain and suffering.
Types of food poisoning and contaminations can include:
- E. coli, or Escherichia coli
- Hepatitis A
- Mercury poisoning
E. Coli Infections
E. coli, or Escherichia coli, is one of the more notorious causes of food poisoning. Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but the E. coli O157:H7 strain produces an extremely powerful toxin that is known to cause a dangerous infection. Effects include:
- bloody diarrhea
- abdominal cramps
- kidney failure
Foods commonly contaminated with E.coli include:
- undercooked ground beef
- unpasteurized milk and juice
The E. coli infection can be prevented by thoroughly cooking the meat you eat and washing your hands carefully after handling raw meat.
Serious Illness Demands Serious Action
If you become sick as a result of food poisoning, you should:
- see a doctor
- save what is left of the food so that it can be analyzed
- report the incident to your local Department of Health
- save all written evidence of purchase such as receipts and checks
- obtain names and phone numbers of all witnesses
- notify the food seller of the purchase and the illness and make a note of the name and position of the person notified
- contact a lawyer at Brown & Crouppen at 800-536-4357 to represent you if you have medical bills, other bills, or a permanent injury associated with the food poisoning
What Can a Personal Injury Law Firm Do for Me?
For a food poisoning lawsuit to result in a favorable outcome, the injured party must prove not only that what was eaten was contaminated food, but also that the restaurant or store engaged in negligent practices leading to contamination. It must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the specific food in question caused the poisoning, and not some other food, illness, or exposure.
Because of these high standards of proof, foodborne illness cases are best fought with an experienced attorney by your side, such as the attorneys of Brown & Crouppen.
Sickened Due to Tainted or Poisoned Food? Contact the Lawyers of Brown & Crouppen.
Do not settle for less than fair compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning, contamination, or a foodborne illness, contact one of the personal injury lawyers at Brown & Crouppen. We will use our experience, knowledge, and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.
It all Starts with A Free Case Evaluation
Getting started is easy. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
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