Food poisoning may not sound serious, but more than 3,000 people die each year after eating contaminated food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hundreds of different kinds of bacteria may contaminate foods; while some are benign, you can contract serious infections like hepatitis A and E. coli from food. In some cases, there are no treatments for these foodborne illnesses. Worse, it is often difficult to identify the source of food poisoning without extensive testing. An item may pass through the hands of many different companies on the supply chain, including those based overseas.
A product liability lawsuit for food contamination is often incredibly complex and requires a lawyer with experience in this area of law.
The attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have a reputation for success with food poisoning claims. We have represented clients who contracted hepatitis A, listeria, salmonella and other illnesses. In some of these cases, we tracked the source of the contamination to countries in Europe and Africa, and brought claims under the Geneva Convention. If you became seriously ill or lost a loved one due to contaminated products, then contact a food poisoning lawyer from our law firm today. We have the resources and experience necessary to resolve these kinds of product liability lawsuits.
A wide variety of viruses, bacteria, and parasites may contaminate food and cause illness. Thus, the type and duration of your food poisoning symptoms can vary greatly. In some cases, signs of food poisoning may take weeks to develop. According to the CDC, common foodborne illnesses include:
If you develop a serious illness from food poisoning, then you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit. However, these kinds are complex claims. In most severe food poisoning cases, the CDC will track an outbreak of a particular illness. This involves testing each affected person to determine whether the strain of virus or bacteria is similar to others. Then, after studying enough cases, the CDC will issue a conclusion on the source of the contamination. This may be a particular batch of a certain product or food served at a specific restaurant.
Once the CDC concludes its investigation, it may issue a recall or a warning to the public. However, the CDC takes no action on behalf of victims and their families; you must file a civil claim to recover compensation. A food poisoning lawyer can use the information from the CDC’s inquiries to find the party or parties responsible for the contamination. Often, these investigations are extensive, since several companies may be involved in the supply chain of any given item.
Usually, negligence and/or unsanitary conditions during the production, packaging, or preservation process is the cause of food contamination. Once your attorney determines where the contaminated food originated and how it reached you, then you may be able to file a lawsuit against multiple parties. Depending on the circumstances, claims may be brought against the manufacturer, distributor, supplier, and/or dealer. Due to the level of complexity involved in food poisoning claims, you should consult with an experienced lawyer about your rights if you were diagnosed with a foodborne illness.
Our Washington DC personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, our firm has an established reputation for pursuing legal excellence. As our client, you will enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your rights will be protected from start to finish. We will do everything in our power to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for injury-related expenses, such as medical care and lost income, as well as full compensation for all of the physical and emotional consequences of your injuries.