Did you know that every year one in six Americans or roughly 48 million people get sick as a result of food poisoning?
It can affect one person or a group of people who all ate the same contaminated foods. It occurs anywhere, but more commonly at a picnic, in a school cafeteria, a large social event or even restaurants.
Of those millions of people, more than 125,000 require hospitalization and thousands of people die each year because of foodborne illness.
Food poisoning is one of the most common, yet distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people in the United States and throughout the world. Infected people may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea.
Food poisoning is the term used to describe any illness that is caused by contaminated food. There are many different pathogens, chemicals and substances that can contaminate food. Can you believe that there are more than 250 different foodborne diseases identified?
Causes of Foodborne Illnesses
A pathogen is any living organism that can cause disease, including bacteria, viruses, and molds. The most common are:
Symptoms of Foodborne Illnesses
The symptoms of food poisoning are similar regardless of which bacteria caused the infection. They can last from a few hours to about a week and vary in severity. If medical attention isn’t sort, it can result in chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, kidney failure, and even death. They include:
If you have been infected with a foodborne illness, you may be entitled to compensation. Because food poisoning is often localized, ask others if they became sick too.
At the personal injury law offices of Gary G. Goldberg in Riverside, we know that food poisoning is a serious, preventable illness than can put you in the hospital and out of work for weeks.
We have the experience needed to hold the at-fault person accountable for their product mismanagement and endangerment of others. As a victim, you deserve compensation for the suffering you’ve endured. Call us today to discuss your food poisoning claim. We offer a free initial consultation.
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