As wrongful death lawyers, we know that 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 nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even death. Symptoms can be apparent while eating, 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 a lawyer. If you can prove that you suffered nourishment contamination after 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 our Pasadena wrongful death attorneys as quickly as possible.