L.A. Food Poisoning Lawyers
Foodborne illness strikes 48 million Americans a year, affecting 1 in 6 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Yet many restaurants and stores continue to sell contaminated products. Fortunately, legal action can be taken to bring negligent businesses to justice.
What Causes Food Poisoning? When Are Businesses Liable?
Food poisoning results from consuming substances that contain harmful pathogens such as:
- Hepatitis A
- E. Coli
A variety of factors can lead to the presence of these and other infectious agents in everyday meals or snacks. Often, exposure can easily be prevented through simple hygienic measures such as regular handwashing or working with sanitized and properly maintained equipment. The food products themselves could also be to blame for the spread of dangerous microorganisms; restaurants and deli employees should discard any ingredients past their "use by" date.
In general, businesses that prepare or serve food owe consumers a duty of care. Customers should feel confident that they will not suffer painful or distressing symptoms caused by contaminated food when they eat out. Unfortunately, many businesses fail to take even the most basic precautions to keep consumers safe.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms can vary significantly from one patient to the next. These variations can make it difficult to detect the condition early on. Common signs of foodborne illness include:
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
If you experience severe symptoms such as dehydration or diarrhea lasting over three days, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. In addition to treating your condition, your physician can serve as a valuable source of evidence if you eventually pursue a food poisoning lawsuit.
Morgan & Morgan: A Trusted L.A. Food Poisoning Lawyer
Have you suffered from the symptoms of foodborne illness? Don’t be reluctant to take legal action because of the complications inherent in such cases. With the right food poisoning attorney on your side, it may be possible to recover extensive damages. But attorney selection matters. If we take your case, a Morgan & Morgan lawyer and support staff will guide you every step of the way. We know what it takes to successfully resolve a food poisoning lawsuit. Contact us today to learn about our legal services — or get started with a free case consultation.