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Ice Cream And Three Deaths In Kansas

Posted on: May 20, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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In April, Blue Bell Ice Cream recalled its entire product line – ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and other treats – because of listeria contamination. Listeria causes listeriosis, a serious bacterial infection that affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, adults with weakened immune systems, and the elderly. Three deaths in Kansas happened after the deceased persons ate products from the Blue Bell production facility in Brenham, Texas, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If you become the victim of listeria or any other kind of food poisoning from eating ice cream or any other nourishment product in southern California, you may be able to file a product liability claim and win reimbursement for your medical treatment and related expenses. If you or someone you love has been – or becomes in the future – a food poisoning victim, discuss your legal rights and options immediately with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney.

When you purchase a nourishment product from your local grocer or restaurant, you have the right to expect that the food is safe for you and your family. Proving that you’ve suffered nourishment poisoning can be difficult. If the food can’t be tested because it’s gone, a lab test – or your medical records – must prove that a parasite, bacteria, or virus was present in the food. All parties involved in the food’s distribution chain can be investigated; food can become tainted during processing, packaging, shipping, storage, or preparation. If you’ve suffered as a result of food poisoning, speak at once with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Listeriosis is an extremely dangerous foodborne illness; even healthy adults who are not in the high risk categories can become victims. Listeriosis symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. If you believe that you’ve contracted food poisoning, you must get medical attention immediately. As soon as you’ve received treatment, put your case in the hands of an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney who will fight aggressively for the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.

Who Is Responsible For Food Poisoning?

Posted on: April 17, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Late last year, a federal jury convicted the owner of a Georgia peanut plant in connection with a salmonella outbreak that made hundreds sick and caused several deaths. Stewart Parnell was convicted of conspiracy, fraud, and other federal crimes. The verdict came after a seven-week trial for Stewart Parnell and his brother Michael, who was also found guilty on multiple counts. If you’ve been injured by a foodborne illness in southern California, speak at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. You may be able to recover reimbursement for your sickness or injury and related expenses.

Proving that you’ve suffered food poisoning is tough and sometimes impossible. If you aren’t able to store and freeze any of the food for testing, you’ll need to undergo a lab test yourself to prove that a contaminant was present. Every link in the food’s manufacturing and distribution chain needs to be analyzed, because food can become contaminated at any stage: production, packaging, shipping, storage, or preparation. If you suffer illness or injury because of food poisoning in the Los Angeles or Pasadena area, speak to an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. These tips may also help you seek compensation for food poisoning:

  • If food poisoning symptoms persist, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Try to preserve a sample of the food in an airtight container and freeze it.
  • Make and keep copies of cash or credit card receipts for the food.
  • In Los Angeles County, filing a complaint with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health establishes an official record of the incident.

Finally, discuss your legal rights and options – including the option of a personal injury lawsuit – with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible after a food poisoning incident. Nothing is more important than your health, so do not wait to make the call.

If You Are A Victim Of Food Poisoning

Posted on: April 15, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Food poisoning can make victims mildly uncomfortable or violently ill, depending on the precise kind of poisoning and the age and general health of the victim. With thousands of restaurants, millions of visitors, and hundreds of caterers and other food services, nourishment contaminating happens more than just occasionally in southern California. Symptoms can include but are not limited to nausea, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. These symptoms can start immediately, a few hours after eating, or even two or three days after consuming contaminated food. Symptoms can last for hours or for days. Seek immediate medical help for nourishment poisoning if:

  • a fever persists
  • you have difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • you have blurred vision or muscle weakness
  • there is blood in the stool

After obtaining medical treatment for food poisoning, speak at once with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. If you can prove that you suffered nourishment contaminating and that someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer food poisoning, you are entitled to reimbursement for your medical treatment and related expenses. If a death results from nourishment poisoning, a victim’s surviving family members may also have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. In most California nourishment contaminating cases, victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.

The most frequent causes of food poisoning are E. coli, listeria, salmonella, norovirus, Hepatitis A, and the bacterium Clostridium perfringens. The Type C strain of Clostridium perfringens can cause a more serious condition – Pigbel Syndrome – that is sometimes deadly. Nourishment contaminating is surprisingly common. In Florida, 55 people suffered food contaminating at an office Christmas party last December, and 25 were hospitalized. If you are a victim of food poisoning in southern California, try to preserve and freeze a sample of the nourishment, keep any pertinent receipts, and contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.

A Danger Faced By Everyone

Posted on: April 14, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that three people had died after eating listeria-tainted Blue Bell ice cream. Also in April, the Sabra Dipping Company recalled 30,000 cases of its classic flavor hummus because of the same bacteria. Hardly a day goes by without another news story about a large-scale food poisoning outbreak. If you become ill or injured in southern California from a food-borne illness or other food contaminant, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical treatment and lost wages with the help of an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.

Listeria symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the CDC. It’s especially dangerous for older adults, newborns, and pregnant women, but most healthy younger adults can consume listeria becoming ill. On average, listeria poisoning strikes about 1,600 people a year and kills about 260 each year, according to the CDC. In April, Blue Bell recalled products made at its now-shut-down Oklahoma plant. Eight people were treated for listeria in Texas and Kansas after eating Blue Bell ice cream, and three died. The Sabra Dipping Company recalled 30,000 cases of its classic flavor hummus in April after Michigan health officials discovered listeria in a random sample of the hummus at a retail location.

Proving that you suffered food poisoning can be difficult. If you suffer a lasting or serious injury due to food poisoning in southern California, contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney immediately. Try to preserve any of the food that might have caused your sickness. Seal it in an airtight container and freeze it. You may need it later for evidence. You should also keep and make copies of any receipts for the food that made you sick. The receipt should specify the precise time and location the contaminated food was purchased. A good personal injury lawyer can assess your case, explain your options, and fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve. If you’ve suffered food poisoning in Los Angeles County or elsewhere in southern California, speak with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney immediately.