Food Poisoning – Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyers
Contracting food poisoning is relatively common, and most people will suffer through it at least once in their life. In fact, an estimated 48 million Americans suffer from food poisoning each year. In Florida, food poisoning due to improperly prepared fish or other seafood is more common than in other areas of the United States.
What you may not have realized is that food poisoning can give rise to a legal claim in some circumstances. That means that you may be able to sue the manufacturer, preparer, or even the food distributor that caused the contamination in the food.
If you have suffered through a bout of food poisoning, you may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Boca Raton to determine whether you have a legal claim. The Boca Raton personal injury lawyers at Glotzer & Kobren can help you decide whether pursuing a lawsuit is the right option for you.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
It is relatively easy to tell if you have food poisoning. You may suffer from symptoms such as:
- Stomach pain or cramps
Sometimes food poisoning is mistaken with the flu since they share many of the same symptoms. However, flu symptoms will usually last much longer than food poisoning symptoms. Food poisoning symptoms often develop within a day or two of consuming bad food and typically last between a few days or sometimes up to a week.
Unfortunately, there are some circumstances where the symptoms get so bad that you may require hospitalization. Roughly 8,000 people are hospitalized because of food poisoning and another 3,000 die from food poisoning-related health issues each year. Infants, children, and the elderly are especially susceptible to serious health issues due to food poisoning.
What Causes Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning is usually caused by consuming food that is infected with bacteria or viruses. There are an untold number of ways that these contaminants may get into your food, especially if you think about the journey that your food takes to get to your plate.
Food poisoning can be the result of more than just undercooked food at a restaurant. Food poisoning could occur because of:
- Improper food preparation (unsanitary working conditions such as working on dirty or contaminated surfaces or using dirty cooking utensils)
- Undercooked meat
- Food has not been stored at the proper temperature
- Food was not packaged correctly to avoid contamination
- Meat or other food had an illness or disease prior to harvest or slaughter
Because there are so many things that could go wrong with food preparation, manufacturing, and shipment, it can be difficult to determine who or what is responsible for the contamination in the food. This can become pretty complex when trying to prove legal liability.
Food Poisoning Lawsuits
In almost every personal injury claim, you need to show that you were harmed by someone’s wrongdoing, inattention or negligence. That means that you need to be able to pinpoint the cause or causes of your injury to have a valid legal claim.
In food poisoning cases, this can be difficult because of the number of people that may have dealt with your food before it ultimately reached you for consumption. It is also difficult because of the delay that occurs between consuming the food and the symptoms of food poisoning. You may not know what you ate that caused your sickness.
Sometimes food poisoning cases are considered a product liability claim, so they are treated as if you were harmed by another other product—like a lawn mower or a defective coffee maker. In this type of situation, proving your case is easier because you do not have to show that someone was careless (or negligent); you only have to show that a particular food caused your food poisoning.
Lawyer That Handle Food Poisoning
You may not always be able to use a product liability argument. Negligence or breach of warranty claims may also be necessary. You can find out more about what you need to prove in your food poisoning case by speaking with the Boca Raton personal injury lawyers at Glotzer & Kobren.
We understand that serious food poisoning cases can put a strain on your family and your budget. Let us help. Call 561-361-8677 for a free consultation or use our live chat feature.
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