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Can Food Poisoning Cause Death or Disability?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Jun-2017

According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), one in six Americans suffer from food poisoning each year. Some of these people will become extremely ill, and may pass away or suffer lifelong complications as a result. Food poisoning victims may suffer from health conditions that include:

  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Miscarriage (for pregnant women infected with Listeria)
  • Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain (meninges)
  • Nerve damage caused by Gullain-Barré syndrome

These conditions may cause death or permanent disability. For example, bacterial meningitis (inflammation of the meninges caused by bacterial infection) can kill a person within hours. It may also cause brain damage. Certain species of E. coli. may cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.

Can I File a Food Poisoning Lawsuit?

There are some circumstances where food manufacturers can be held liable for food poisoning. For example, food manufacturers may fail to warn consumers and businesses of contaminated products in a timely fashion. Food products can also be contaminated due to poor sanitation practices.

If you or a loved one have suffered from food poisoning, it is important to speak with an attorney to explore your possible legal options. Damages from a food poisoning lawsuit can help pay for medical bills, lost income, funeral expenses and pain and suffering.

To learn more about food poisoning, we encourage you to continue exploring our website. Our blog has covered several food poisoning topics, such as:

The Washington DC product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help victims of food poisoning or their family members explore legal options.

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