Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning Lawyer in Utah

Have you gotten sick due to a food provider's negligence?

The Lance Firm, P.C. is a Salt Lake City, Utah, based personal injury law firm that handles food poison injury claims in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah.  We have and continue to associate with national food poison experts and have resolved many different food injury claims. We've gotten millions of dollars in settlements for our clients for personal injury claims right here in Utah.

 

What Is Food Poisoning?

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Food poisoning comes from eating foods that contain bacteria, parasites, viruses or other contaminants. Bacteria are all around us, so mild cases of food poisoning are common. You may have had mild food poisoning, with diarrhea and an upset stomach, many times people call it a stomach bug or stomach virus. You might think the solution is to get rid of all the bacteria. But it isn't possible and you wouldn't want to do it, even if you could. Bacteria are all around us, including in food, and sometimes they can be good for you.

Problems arise however, when producers and retailers fail to prevent and get rid of the bad bacteria in our food supply in places like spinach, tomatoes, or peppers. Serious personal injuries arise and victims need legal help from an experienced food poisoning lawyer close to them. We are right here in Salt Lake City, Utah and can help you with your contaminated food case.

 

Do I Have Food Poisoning?

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Almost every industry that serves food can be capable of some form of negligence. Rules and regulations are in place to protect the public as much as possible from contaminated food. When a food provider does not follow the law and not adhere to the rules when handling food, they can be held liable for negligence.

Laws regarding food preparation, storage and handling are in place for good reason. The consequences of food poisoning are serious. The Utah Department of Health says that each year 128,000 people are hospitalized from food-borne illness and around 3,000 will die. If you feel you have been a victim of food poisoning you should contact your doctor right away. You should then contact the trusted food poisoning lawyers at Lance Andrew Law for a free consultation about your potential contaminated food case.

Someone who has food poisoning might:

  • have an upset stomach;
  • have stomach or abdominal cramps;
  • have diarrhea which may contain blood;
  • have a fever or headaches
  • nausea

Symptoms of food poisoning or contaminated food can appear just 30 minutes after eating bad food, though it could take days for symptoms to appear. For the very young and very old, food poisoning can have deadly consequences. It is important if you feel you have food poisoning and suspect you know what caused it, that you contact our trusted personal injury law firm in Utah to see if you can be compensated for your injuries.

Sometimes, despite medical care, permanent damage from food poisoning is done. If that happens, you definitely need legal assistance. You need a food attorney that is experienced in food contamination law and knows exactly what to do. If you or someone you love has become seriously ill from food poisoning, contact the food poisoning attorneys at Lance Andrew Law for a free legal consultation

 

Which Germs and Bacteria Are to Blame?

Foods from animals, raw foods, and unwashed vegetables all can contain germs that cause food poisoning. The most likely source is food from animals, like meat, poultry (such as chicken), eggs, milk, and shellfish (such as shrimp). Some of the most common bacteria are:  Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter and E. Coli. Learn about each below:

E. Coli 

There are many strains of E. coli bacteria.  As a result, microbiologists categorize them into more than 170 serogroups and then further break down each serogroup into one or more serotypes. The serogroup is indicated by a number, and the serotype follows and is separated by a colon. The E. coli strain primarily responsible for E. coli-related injury and death is classified as Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli 0157:H7); it belongs to the 0157 serogroup and the H7 serotype. Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a rare variety of E. coli that causes severe damage to the lining of the intestine. Specifically, the acute disease caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7 is hemorrhagic colitis.  Escherichia coli O157:H7 can also result in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the leading cause of kidney failure in children in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 1999 that 73,000 cases of E. coli O157:H7 occur each year in the United States. Approximately 2,000 people are hospitalized, and 60 people die as a direct result of E. coli O157:H7 infections and complications. The majority of infections are likely food-borne-related, although E. coli O157:H7 accounts for less than 1% of all food-borne illness.

E. coli O157:H7 bacteria are believed to live in the intestines of cattle but have also been found in the intestines of chicken, deer, sheep, goats, and pigs. E. coli O157:H7 does not make the animals that carry it ill; rather, they are merely the reservoir for the bacteria.

While most E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks have involved ground beef, other outbreaks have involved unpasteurized apple and orange juice, unpasteurized milk, alfalfa sprouts, spinach and water. Outbreak can also be caused by person-to-person transmission of the bacteria in homes and in settings like daycare centers, hospitals, and nursing homes.

If you or someone you love has become seriously ill from E. Coli poisoning, contact us for a free legal consultation. You can reach our food poison lawyers by calling or by filling in our online consulting form.

Salmonella

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Salmonella is one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States. Salmonellosis (the disease caused by Salmonella) is the second most common foodborne illness after Campylobacter infection. It is estimated that 1.4 million cases of salmonellosis occur each year in the U.S.; 95% of those cases are foodborne-related. Approximately 220 of each 1000 cases result in hospitalization and eight of every 1000 cases result in death. About 500 to 1,000 or 31% of all food-related deaths are caused by Salmonella infections each year. Salmonellosis is more common in the warmer months of the year.

Salmonella infection occurs when the bacteria are ingested, typically from food derived from infected food-animals, but it can also occur by accidentally ingesting traces of the of an infected animal or person. Food sources include raw or under-cooked eggs/egg products, raw milk or raw milk products, contaminated water, meat and meat products, and poultry. Raw fruits and vegetables contaminated during slicing have been implicated in several food-borne outbreaks. We are involved in representing families of children who have suffered from this bacterium.

If you or someone you love has become seriously ill from Salmonella poisoning, contact us for a free legal consultation. You can reach our food poison lawyers by calling or by filling in our online consulting form.

Listeria

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium commonly found in soil, stream water, sewage, plants, and food. Each bacterium is Gram-positive and rod-shaped. Listeria are known to be the bacteria responsible for listeriosis, a rare but lethal food-borne infection that has a devastating mortality rate of 25% (Salmonella, in comparison, has a less than 1% mortality rate). They are incredibly hardy and able to grow in temperatures ranging from 4°C (39°F), the temperature of a refrigerator, to 37°C (99°F), the body's internal temperature. Furthermore, listerosis's deadliness can be partially attributed to the infection's ability to spread to the nervous system and cause meningitis. Finally, Listeria has a particularly high occurrence rate in newborns because of its ability to infect the fetus by penetrating the endothelial layer of the placenta. If you or someone you love has become seriously ill from Listeria poisoning, contact us for a free legal consultation. You can reach our food poison lawyers by calling or by filling in our online consulting form.

 

Utah Home & Hospital Visits Available

When you or a loved one is harmed by food-borne illness, you don’t have time to waste. Caring for yourself or your loved one should be your number one priority. At Lance Andrew, P.C., we know this, and we make it our mission to accommodate you in your time of need.

We offer home and hospital visits so that we can take immediate legal action to protect you or your loved one and ensure you receive the legal advice you need in this crucial time.

Give us a call, and our personal injury attorneys will come to you: (801) 869-6800.

 

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