Symptoms of food poisoning include fever, nausea, severe diarrhea, seizures (in small children), kidney failure from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), and death. Young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible. A small percentage of food poisoning victims develop a form of reactive arthritis called Reiter’s Syndrome, which can last for months or even years. Reiter's Syndrome can lead to chronic arthritis.
At our Pennsylvania personal injury law firm, we understand how serious food poisoning cases can be. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr has over 17 years of experience in personal injury cases and is ready to help you.
Our firm represents people who have suffered serious injury and families who have lost a loved one to food poisoning. Contact our central Pennsylvania law office to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your personal injury claim.
How Food Poisoning Happens and Who is Responsible
Food poisoning and food contamination can occur anywhere along the chain from producer to consumer, so we will work with the health department to trace the source of the infection. Common causes of food poisoning include:
- Poor farming practices can contaminate lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, spinach and other produce with E. coli.
- Poor hygienic practices at a meat processing plant can contaminate chicken with Campylobacter.
- Unsafe food handling practices at restaurants or nursing homes, or management insistence that employees work when sick, can expose hundreds of people to Shigella.
Food product manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety of the food they produce and market; therefore, even though the food manufacturer did not grow the food, it can be held accountable for failing to ensure the safety of its food products in a product liability lawsuit. If the food product was produced in a foreign country, U.S. law gives consumers the ability to seek compensation from the companies that marketed the product in the U.S.
Toxins and Bacteria Causing Food Poisoning
- Bacillary dysentery/Shigella (including Shigella from infected swimming pools)
- Salmonella (the second most common food-borne bacteria causing illness and almost 30 percent of all food poisoning deaths)
- Campylobacter (affecting chicken and turkey particularly, but also other meat products and unpasteurized milk products)
- E. coli
Contact Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr If You Suffered Food Poisoning
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