Commonly referred to as "food poisoning," foodborne illnesses are caused by disease-causing microbes such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other toxins in contaminated food. As the volume and rapidity of food production and preparation increases throughout the country, potential risks from contaminated foods become more serious and widespread.
Symptoms of Foodborne Illnesses
Common symptoms can become serious consequences if not addressed right away:
- Abdominal cramps
Common Contaminated Food
Not every foodborne illness is common, so extra care with any food is always recommended. With more than 250 different types of food poisoning identified with different symptoms, it can be difficult to prove the source of illness. The following foods hold the most potential for risk:
- Unpasteurized milk
- Poisonous species (fish or mushrooms, for example)
- Some raw fruits and vegetables
- Unpasteurized fruit juices
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or medical complications because of raw or contaminated food, it is vital to seek medical attention right away. Immediately afterward, you should consult with an experienced attorney to ensure all your legal protections are upheld and to discuss your options for injury compensation. At Sommerman & Quesada, L.L.P., we take incidents of food poisoning seriously. If our clients need help in obtaining appropriate medical care, we can get them the help they need.
We represent and advocate for the rights and interests of personal injury victims throughout Texas and New Mexico. Based in Dallas, our attorneys have more than 85 years of combined experience. We provide personalized service to each client and work with medical experts to examine injuries, case facts, and causes of illness.
The Right Care in Difficult Circumstances
We work closely with you and medical professionals to prepare a thoroughly investigated case aimed at obtaining the compensation for injuries, medical care, losses, and life-altering impacts.
Large-scale harvesting, processing, and shipping of foods can cause contamination that leads to outbreaks. Foods may come in contact with other contaminated products or water before they get to your grocery store or your plate. The presence of one disease-causing microbe such as E. coli or Salmonella, or the presence of a toxic chemical such as a pesticide in the process can contaminate an entire batch of food. The quality of water used for washing and the cleanliness in the entire distribution chain is critical, from farm to kitchen to your mouth.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that of the 76 million cases of foodborne disease in the U.S. each year, 325,000 cases require hospitalization and 5,000 cases result in death.
We are committed to the health of our clients. If you suspect you have suffered from food poisoning, seek medical attention right away; and call us so we can immediately begin investigating your claim before evidence is lost.
Contact Our Dallas Food Borne Illness Lawyers
Please contact Sommerman & Quesada at 214-720-0720 or toll free at 800-900-5373. We offer free initial consultations and can be reached 24/7 with our after-hours answering service. We look forward to speaking with you. Se habla español.