Be Ready with a Utah Food Poisoning Lawyer

Food Poisoning is a serious problem in our country. Food poisoning can make just one person sick or it can result in an outbreak causing multiple injuries to multiple people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 76 million individuals suffer food poisoning in the U.S. every year. Many individuals who contract food borne illness will be hospitalized and several thousand will die.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of food poisoning, don’t delay an action for your injury. Contact a Utah food poisoning lawyer at SLF today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  You can also report it to the Department of Health.

Food Poisoning Symptoms and Complications

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Food poisoning can make you sick, cause long terms disability, and even cause death.

A person infected with a food borne illness may experience a wide array of symptoms which may include the following:

  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps and pain
  • Fever
  • Blood in urine

Symptoms may vary in severity, may appear immediately or several days following ingestion, and may last for hours or even months. Food poisoning can lead to further complications if not treated.  Food poisoning can result from undercooked meat, meals prepared by people who have not properly sanitized their hands, and a multitude of other causes.

Many large food chains have experienced outbreaks of food poisoning.  California spinach farmers had to deal with an entire crop of contaminated spinach.  Food poisoning is, unfortunately, extremely common.  Some cases require the services of a Utah food poisoning lawyer.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease that attacks the liver.  It causes the liver to inflame.  Since the liver is responsible for ridding the body of alcohol and also assists in the digestion of fats, anyone who is infected with the hepatitis A virus should avoid alcohol and fatty foods.  If such substances are ingested it will only make the symptoms worse.

One of the most common ways that hepatitis A passes from one person to another is through unwashed hands.  Hepatitis A is contained in an individual’s stool and so if someone goes to the bathroom without washing his hands he is likely to pass the virus.  This is especially dangerous for those who handle food preparation.  If a restaurant employee with hepatitis A does not wash his hands he could pass the virus to everyone whose food he prepares. Hepatitis A exposure may require you to call a Utah food poisoning lawyer to make sure you’re able to recover what you deserve.

Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that attacks the digestive tract.  In most health adults the symptoms of Salmonella are not severe but children and the aged are much more susceptible to becoming very sick.

Salmonella can be passed from animal to human and from human to human.  It is most generally passed from unclean food to the human.  It has to enter the digestive tract to cause problems and fortunately human stomach acid is able to kill most of the bacteria.  If someone ingests a lot, however, such as through uncooked chicken, the stomach will not be able to kill everything and it will take root in the intestines, causing diarrhea and potentially more serious illnesses.

Because both hepatitis A and Salmonella can be passed to humans through food preparation, restaurants must be extremely careful to prepare food with clean utensils and hands. If they fail to do so many people can be injured from the virus and bacteria. Call us to speak to a Utah food poisoning lawyer if this applies to you.

E. coli 

Have you suffered a severe form of food poisoning? Do you suspect E. coli is to blame? You may be right. E. Coli is an all too common form of bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning symptoms and in some cases long term complications. Our Utah E. coli lawyers represent individuals suffering from E. coli related food poisoning. Many people understand that E. coli is one of the more common types of food poisoning and that it often results from raw foods or uncooked meats. The E. coli bacteria can do a substantial amount of harm to individuals who are already suffering from a sickness or disease. Also, infants, small children, and the elderly are especially at risk for E. coli complications. However, adult healthy individuals can also suffer serious E. coli sickness that may last for several days or even months.

E. coli symptoms can be severe. The most common symptom of E. coli contamination is severe diarrhea which can be bloody and last for weeks. Other symptoms are more worse, more painful, and can be deadly. Some patients exposed to E. coli may acquire Hemolytic-uremic syndrome which can lead to abnormal bleeding, kidney failure, seizures, and even a coma. This condition will usually occur with 7 days following diarrhea.  Some particular types of E. coli may lead to a condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in which easy bruising, impaired kidney function, neurological problems, and even death may result.

The number 1 reason why people get E. coli is from eating raw or undercooked ground beef or from drinking raw milk. This is why it is so important to ensure the hamburgers or other ground beef products such as tacos you eat are thoroughly cooked. E. coli can also be passed from person to person although this is a much less common way of contamination. If you have been contaminated with E. coli as a result of a restaurant’s negligence in food preparation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact a Utah food poisoning lawyer at our firm to find out how we can hep you do that.

Give Us A Call If You Have Been Injured From Food Poisoning

If you have been injured from food poisoning you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party.  We can provide a Utah food poisoning lawyer who can ensure you receive maximum compensation.  To speak with with one of our attorneys, call us today at 801.413.1753 at 888.337.3235. You may also email us or fill out our free case review form.