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Our busy lifestyle frequently finds us grabbing many meals in restaurants and take-out food establishments. As consumers, we have a right to expect that the food we purchase from restaurants and grocery stores is safe for consumption and free of contaminants.
Cases so common, have we become complacent with food poisoning outbreaks?
Despite the duty of food establishments to serve safe and sanitary food products, food contaminated with bacteria, parasites and viruses remains a frequent source of illness for people of all ages. According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), there are 76 million cases of food-borne illness every year.
While most people who suffer an injury from contaminated food are able to recover on their own, the CDC predicts that contaminated food requires 300,000 hospitalizations and is responsible to 5,000 deaths annually.
The most common types of food contaminants include viruses (usually referred to as Norovirus) and bacteria such as:
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Food poisoning also encompasses other types of contaminants, including parasites like Giardia lamblia and Cryptospordia.
Obviously, no one who suffers from food poisoning knows the source of the contaminant until a doctor or hospital has notified him or her. Therefore, if you are suffering from an illness that is attributable to consumption of unsanitary food, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Further, it is a good idea to save the remnants of any leftover food along with the packaging and receipt from purchase in order to establish the source of the contamination from a public health and legal perspective.
Food Poisoning In An Institutional Setting
Contaminated food in an institutional setting such as a school, nursing home or assisted living facility happens more frequently than it should. As facilities and restaurants attempt to maximize profits spoiled food may make its way into service and sanitation techniques may be ignored.
Particularly amongst the young or elderly, food poisoning can cause devastating and long-term consequences — including death.
Contaminated Food Attorneys in Chicago, Illinois
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers hits the ground running when retained by a client or group of people who have suffered food poisoning. Particularly in food poisoning cases involving groups, we work with government officials to determine the source of the contamination and vigorously prosecute all responsible parties to ensure all of our clients’ expenses and resulting damages are addressed.
Food Allergy Cases
Also, while less common, our attorneys have experience representing families in cases where food with allergens was negligently served and caused an allergic reaction / anaphylaxis. After restaurants and institutions are informed of a person’s allergy, they have a legal responsibility to either safely accommodate that request or inform the person that they cannot do so.
Our attorneys know first hand the tragedy that may ensue when a food preparer fails to take a persons allergies into consideration when preparing their meal. Our food allergy attorneys work quickly after an incident we have used laboratory testing to establish the allergen was present and caused the reaction.
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