Food Poisoning Lawyers
The food poisoning lawyers at the firm of Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC have helped multiple victims of foodborne illnesses such as E. coli and listeria recover compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. We have seen first-hand the suffering that is often endured by innocent consumers who have fallen victim to unsafe food preparation practices, and we are dedicated to fighting until these clients achieve justice.
How did I get Food Poisoning?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 76 million Americans suffer from some form of food poisoning every year. In most cases this means a very uncomfortable few days for the victim, but food poisoning can also present a very serious and painful health threat. In fact, more than 325,000 Americans are hospitalized every year due to food poisoning, and as many as 5,000 die from their infections.
Food poisoning occurs when a person consumes food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. These toxins may spread through improper food processing, through irrigation of produce with contaminated water, or as a result of unsafe food handling such as cross-contamination, improper food storage, or the failure of a food handler to thoroughly clean his or her hands.
Common forms of Food Poisoning
E. coli, caused by a group of bacteria called Escherichia coli, which occur naturally in the intestines of animals and of humans. Many cases of E. coli infection can be traced to cattle—either from eating contaminated ground beef, consuming unpasteurized dairy products, or even produce contaminated by nearby cattle farms. E. coli can cause abdominal cramps, severe or even bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Some individuals infected with E. coli go on to develop a serious condition called hemolytic-urenia syndrome (HUS), which can cause nerve damage, kidney failure, or even death.
Listeria is caused by the listeria monocytogenes bacteria, and common sources of a listeria infection include uncooked vegetables or meats, raw or unpasteurized dairy products, and processed foods such as deli meats and hot dogs. Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, and severe diarrhea. Most people infected with listeria feel better within a few days, but individuals with compromised immune systems, including the elderly, pregnant women, and young children, can become very ill and their infections may even progress to septicemia or meningitis.
Commonly known by the name of the bacteria which causes this form of food poisoning, Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States. Salmonella can cause severe diarrhea, cramps, and fever and may also spread to a patient’s blood stream, which could be fatal. Salmonella is usually caused by the consumption of animal-derived foods, such as meat, dairy products, or eggs.
Though rare, botulism (Clostridum botulinum) is a potentially deadly form of food poisoning which preys upon the nervous system. Symptoms of foodborne botulism may include blurred or double vision, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal symptoms, or facial weakness. Botulism affects muscle control, and may be fatal if the muscles used for breathing become paralyzed. Most cases of foodborne botulism are traced to improperly canned foods.
Contact our Food Poisoning Lawyers
As consumers, we must trust that the foods we eat are handled properly and that adequate steps are taken at every point of the supply chain to ensure the safety of our foods. When food companies, stores, farmers, and restaurant staff are negligent in adhering to basic safety standards, innocent consumers can suffer violent and potentially fatal infections. The food poisoning lawyers at our firm are highly experienced in foodborne illness litigation, and we can help infected individuals trace the source of their contamination and hold any and all negligent parties fully responsible for their suffering. If you have been the victim of food poisoning, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. To learn more about plaintiffs’ rights in food poisoning lawsuits, please contact our food poisoning lawyers today for a free legal consultation.