According to the CDC, more than 48 million Americans contract some form of food poisoning each year, or approximately 1 in 6 people. While the majority of these cases do not require medical attention, more than 128,000 people will be hospitalized as a result of their food poisoning. At Wagner Reese, we have well over a century of collective experience with complex personal injury cases, and we know how to hold negligent food handlers accountable for their carelessness. Our compassionate team will be completely committed to your case, and help you understand all the options.
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Most Common Foodborne Pathogens
There are hundreds of different foodborne illnesses, all caused by different types of food contamination. From bacteria to viruses to mold, deadly pathogens can easily be introduced into the food preparation process if a handler isn’t vigilant. Although the duration and deadliness of food poisoning varies widely, the symptoms of foodborne illnesses are relatively consistent: Vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea are nearly always the telltale signs.
These bacterial pathogens cause the most foodborne illnesses in the United States:
- Salmonella. This incredibly common bacterium is found in contaminated poultry products, dairy, fruits, or vegetables. It can be killed by the cooking and pasteurization process.
- E. coli. The major category of bacteria we call E. coli is perhaps the best known foodborne pathogen, and it often develops when food is contaminated with human feces.
- Clostridium perfringens. Part of the family Clostridium, this strain is found in raw meat and poultry, and causes serious infections when food is kept at room temperature for a long time.
- Campylobacter. Campylobacter is another bacterium that can be found in raw or undercooked poultry and other meats, as it is found in animal intestines.
- Listeria Monocytogenes. Poorly-processed deli meats, soft cheeses, or unpasteurized milk can contain listeria and cause Listeriosis, a potentially life-threatening condition.
Proving a Foodborne Illness Was Caused by Negligence
Because foodborne illnesses are so common, proving that a specific food handler, restaurant, or food manufacturer directly caused your injuries can be an uphill battle. To be successful with a food poisoning case, your attorney will need to have a solid understanding of the science behind foodborne illnesses, and be able to clearly demonstrate where negligence occurred.
At Wagner Reese, our lawyers have been recognized time and again for taking on difficult injury cases. From Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year to the Indiana Super Lawyers, we have gained a reputation for fearless courtroom advocacy and effective negotiating tactics. You can rest assured that our team will dig deep to find scientific evidence supporting your claim, and fight on your behalf when another person was indeed responsible for your illness.
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