Foodborne Illness Lawyer Serving North and South Carolina
Foodborne illness is a very common, and usually completely preventable, occurrence in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people suffer from food poisoning each year in the United States. Of that number, 128,000 are hospitalized and more than 3,000 die. In addition to this human injury, foodborne illness is costly. Some experts believe that food poisoning costs $5-6 billion dollars in direct medical expenses and lost productivity each year.We proudly serve the people both North and South Carolina. When you are ready to explore your legal options, we will be here for you. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a food poisoning attorney. We’ll review your situation free of charge and advise you of your legal options.
Foodborne illnesses are usually caused by eating food or drinking beverages that have been contaminated with bacteria, parasites or viruses. Many bacteria are present on products when they are purchased or first prepared. For instance, boneless chicken breasts and ground meat were obviously once part of live animals – and if they were not properly slaughtered and cleaned, some bacteria may remain. Seafood, eggs, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, sprouts, as well as vegetables and fruits, can also harbor harmful bacteria. Even clean food can become contaminated when handled with contaminated food or by food handlers with poor personal hygiene.
Symptoms of Foodborne Illness
Symptoms of foodborne illness range from an upset stomach to diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration. More serious complications can occur, however, including organ damage or failure, and even temporary paralysis.
Foodborne infections often go undiagnosed and unreported. When they are properly diagnosed, recently eaten food items are examined and laboratory tests may be conducted including review of stool samples. Treatment for mild cases of food poisoning includes antibiotics and increasing fluid intake. However, antibiotics do not work on all types of food poisoning, and when complications such as severe dehydration arise, hospitalization may be required.
Most cases of foodborne illnesses can be prevented. Proper cooking and processing of food kills bacteria and prevents the transmission of bacteria. However, if the staff at a restaurant or other food service facility fails to observe food safety guidelines for cooking, infections can occur. Food workers can also cause contamination through failure to wash hands after using the bathroom. Other preventable instances occur when produce and other raw food items are grown or handled near contaminants, such as tainted water or soil.
Contact the Food Poisoning Law Firm of Bice Law
If you have been sickened by a foodborne illness, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a food poisoning attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.