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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.

What is food poisoning?

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:

  • Salmonella – found in meats, egg, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables. Symptoms last between 4 and 7 days and usually clear up on their own. Keep in mind, though, a salmonella infection in an infant or elderly person can be very serious.
  • Norovirus – is the most common virus associated with the stomach flu. It is easily spread between people. Symptoms usually last between 1 and 3 days, but can last up to a week and require hospitalization for some.
  • Toxoplasma – is a parasite, found in the flesh of some meats. It infects a person when ingested. Millions of people carry this parasite, but experience no symptoms. It is killed during proper cooking.
  • Campylobacter – is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. However, it usually occurs as an isolated incident and not an outbreak. Symptoms can last up to 10 days and is found in undercooked poultry, raw milk and contaminated drinking water.
  • E.coli 0157 – can be deadly. Found in produce, juices, meat and unpasteurized dairy products. Symptoms can last up to a week. It can cause kidney failure as well.
  • Listeria – can last for weeks although it can also take up to 70 days for symptoms to appear. It is found in meat products, unpasteurized dairy products and produce. Symptoms include a stiff neck.
  • Clostridium perfringens – this bacterium is responsible for approximately a million cases of food poisoning every year and is common in the foodservice industry where large quantities of food are prepared and held for long periods of time. It affects meats and gravies. Symptoms usually last for less than 24 hours.

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:

  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Stiff neck

Contact Riverside’s Top Food Poisoning Attorney

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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