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.