Do You Have a Food Poisoning Case?
The Adley Law Firm is committed to assisting Texans who have suffered injuries or have been wronged. If you or a loved one has become ill due to an outbreak of food poisoning related to a recalled product, you should contact our attorneys right away. By filing a lawsuit in McAllen, Texas, you may be eligible for compensation.
Common Food Poisoning Causes
There are many sources of food poisoning, and understanding these sources can help you determine whether you have a case. Some of the most common causes of food poisoning include:
- Bacteria: Bacteria are the most common cause of food poisoning. They can contaminate food at any stage of the production process, from the farm to the table. Some common types of bacteria that cause food poisoning include Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria.
- Viruses: Viruses can also cause food poisoning, though they are less common than bacteria. Norovirus and Hepatitis A are two examples of viruses that can cause foodborne illness.
- Parasites: Parasites, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, can contaminate food and water, leading to food poisoning.
- Toxins: Toxins produced by bacteria, molds, and other organisms can contaminate food and cause illness. Examples of toxins that can cause food poisoning include botulism and Staphylococcus aureus.
- Chemicals: Chemical contamination of food can occur through pesticides, cleaning agents, or other substances. Although chemical contamination is rare, it can lead to food poisoning.
- Allergens: Some individuals may have allergic reactions to certain types of food, such as peanuts or shellfish, which can result in symptoms similar to food poisoning.
Recalls and Outbreaks Associated with Foodborne Illness
Food poisoning can affect many types of food, but some have a higher risk than others. For instance, medical professionals advise pregnant women to avoid eating raw bean sprouts, sushi, and soft cheese due to the increased risk of food poisoning. The following is a partial list of food recalls and outbreaks in recent years:
- Acai bowls
- Baby spinach
- Bagged salad
- Bisquick pancake mix
- Chicken salad
- Deli meats
- Fresh basil
- Frozen berries
- Ground turkey
- Hot dogs
- Ice cream sandwiches
- Jennie-O Turkey
- Nut butters
- Pre-cut fruit
- Romaine lettuce
- Smoked salmon
- Sprouted chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- And more
Understanding Food Poisoning
Food poisoning occurs when someone consumes food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, or toxins that cause illness. The most common types of bacteria causing food poisoning are: E. coli, salmonella, listeria, shigella, campylobacter, and botulism.
These bacteria can contaminate food at various points in the production process, from the farm to the processing plant, to the grocery store or restaurant. Contamination can occur due to improper handling, inadequate cooking, or cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Gastrointestinal illness is prevalent when someone is experiencing food poisoning. The specific symptoms and the severity of the illness depend on the bacteria responsible for the food poisoning. Some common symptoms of food poisoning include:
- Abdominal pain and cramps
These symptoms can vary in severity and duration, depending on the type of bacteria causing the illness. For example, E. coli infections can cause more severe symptoms, such as bloody diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps, while salmonella infections may result in milder symptoms.
It’s essential to seek medical attention if you suspect food poisoning, as some cases can lead to severe complications or even death. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for severe cases of food poisoning.
Consult with an Attorney at No Cost
If you or a loved one has experienced food poisoning and believe it was due to a recalled product or improper food handling, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Contact a McAllen food poisoning lawyer at the Adley Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case and determine whether you may be eligible for compensation.
Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Don’t suffer in silence – contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.