Sandusky Food Poisoning Lawyers
Foodborne Illness Claims
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 250 foodborne diseases have been identified, including hepatitis and other infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. In many cases, food poisoning results in severe illnesses that require hospitalization for rehydration, monitoring, and more. When a severe foodborne illness is contracted, such as E. coli, salmonella, melamine, and botulism, there is a serious risk of death if treatments fail.
Damages that can arise in a foodborne illness claim include:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Emotional suffering
- Care for lifelong consequences
Grounds for a Food Poisoning Lawsuit
There are a number of different things restaurants or food handlers can do that can lead to food poisoning. If you believe that any of the below acts of negligence were involved in you contracting food poisoning, you may have a case:
- Failure to wash hands properly, especially after using the restroom
- Failure to properly clean food prior to consuming
- Failure to properly maintain cleanliness in food processing areas
- Improperly canning or storing foods
- Failure to thoroughly cook foods such as raw seafood, chicken, ground beef, etc.
- Failure to defrost meat at the proper temperature
- Failure to prevent cross-contamination between raw meats and ready-to-eat food
- Serving old or expired food
How to Prove Food Poisoning
Foodborne illness claims are inherently challenging because food poisoning symptoms are rarely noticeable right away. Most of the time, symptoms start to manifest anywhere between 6 and 24 hours later. For people with a slow metabolism, they might not become ill until 48 hours or so after eating contaminated food.
With such long gaps between ingestion and illness, defendants can argue that you could have been poisoned by any of the other foods you ate around the same time. This is why it is so important to hold onto any product packaging or receipts related to the food you suspect made you sick. If other people come forward with similar complaints and similar evidence, then each individual’s foodborne illness claim will be stronger for it, even if no class action is formed.
Get Help Today!
Have you or a family member been struck by a foodborne illness? Due to the speed with which evidence can be hidden or lost in such a case, the sooner you have an attorney in your corner, the more likely your personal injury claim will be taken seriously. Get Murray & Murray and our Sandusky foodborne illness claim attorneys on your side today by calling (419) 664-3711.
We focus on foodborne illness cases involving widespread food recalls, such as:
- Canned chilies
- Green onions
- Peanut butter
- Romaine lettuce