Millions of people each year fall ill from unsafe, tainted, or poorly cooked food they have purchased at the grocery store or eaten while at a restaurant, on an airplane, or on a cruise ship. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that one in six individuals will get sick from food poisoning this year. Many people also become seriously ill when improperly served food—such as nuts, shellfish, or eggs—to which they are allergic.
Food poisoning can cause a variety of mild-to-severe symptoms, including upset stomach, fever, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and dehydration. In the long term, severe cases of food poisoning can cause kidney failure, brain damages, and even death. At times, food companies are forced to recall products due to potential contaminants or undeclared allergens. Recalls may also result where food products were inadvertently manufactured and/or packaged with plastic fragments or glass shreds. Such recalls, however, may come too late to prevent harm to you and your family.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, bacteria and viruses are the most common causes of food poisoning, with parasites, mold, toxins, and contaminants being less-frequent causes. In particular, the bacteria/viruses known as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria are frequently-cited causes of hospitalization. Moreover, although any individual can fall victim to food poisoning, certain categories of people are more prone to such illness. The elderly, pregnant women and individuals with chronic illnesses (e.g., AIDS, cancer) and weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.
Many well-known strategies exist to ensure that you and your family will not get sick from unsafe food—such as frequently cleaning hands and cutting surfaces, and keeping meat, poultry, and eggs separate from other food items in grocery bags and in the refrigerator. However, sometimes food safety is not within your ability to control, making food contamination—and the plethora of symptoms and other illnesses that result—ultimately inevitable.
At Altman & Altman, LLP our group of experienced attorneys have been providing legal services for clients all over the greater Boston area. We have experienced great success in litigating personal injury cases, which have included food poisoning as well as tainted food claims. Our attorneys will get you an agreeable settlement and will not hesitate to file a lawsuit if an agreement cannot be made.
Please contact us toll free and schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP pride themselves on their accessibility and carefully cater to their clients needs. If traveling is difficult for you due to an injury or illness a home or hospital visit can be arranged as well. Please also recognize that if you are a victim of food poisoning you will be represented on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not be charged any fees until you are successful in recovering through a settlement or through a successful lawsuit.