Food Poisoning

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Los Angeles Food Poisoning Lawyers

Help for Victims of Foodborne Illness in Los Angeles

Restaurants, grocery stores, and other food preparers must follow a strict set of rules to keep everything they serve and sell free of dangerous bacteria or mold. When they cut corners or make mistakes, bacteria such as E. coli, listeria, and salmonella can cause widespread infection.

This can happen due to poor handling or improper preparation procedures. When customers go to a restaurant, food poisoning can occur if a food handler fails to wash their hands before preparing food. The food might also be contaminated from poor hygiene on the supply end.

It can be difficult to determine who is responsible, but with the help of our Los Angeles food poisoning attorneys, you may be able to make a claim against the factory, supplier, or restaurant that contributed to your illness. Call (866) 884-1717 or send us a message online to tell us about your case in a free consultation.

Food Poisoning Is Preventable

More than 70 million cases of food poisoning are reported each year, according to the World Health Organization, and many are dangerous. In the U.S., around 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 contract a fatal case of food poisoning each year.

As consumers, we cannot do much to prevent ourselves from becoming one of these victims. This is an unsettling thought for most. Bacteria is the leading cause of food poisoning, but illness can also be caused by viruses, parasites, molds, natural toxins, and contamination.

Common causes of food poisoning include:

  • Food preparer has dirty hands or uses contaminated utensils
  • Food left out or stored at improper temperatures
  • Improperly washed food or cooking equipment
  • Tainted water used for cleaning or food preparation
  • Negligence on the part of distributors during processing
  • Failure to recall contaminated products

Bacteria can be found everywhere. Without proper sanitation processes, foods can easily become contaminated and introduce dangerous bacteria or other substances into our bodies.

Get in touch with our firm immediately to take action against the responsible parties if you believe your sickness was due to consuming improperly handled food.

Common Types of Food Poisoning

Common types of food poisoning include:

  • Salmonella: Caused by the Salmonella bacteria commonly found in raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, meat, and unpasteurized dairy products. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting.
  • Campylobacteriosis: Caused by the Campylobacter bacteria found in undercooked poultry, unpasteurized milk, and contaminated water. Symptoms include diarrhea (often bloody), fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  • E. coli: Certain strains of E. coli bacteria, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe food poisoning. Contaminated foods may include undercooked ground beef, raw vegetables, unpasteurized milk, and contaminated water. Symptoms include severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes kidney failure.
  • Norovirus: Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can contaminate food and water. Outbreaks often occur in settings such as restaurants, cruise ships, and nursing homes. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
  • Listeriosis: Caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria found in contaminated deli meats, soft cheeses, unpasteurized dairy products, and ready-to-eat foods. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and nausea. In severe cases, it can lead to meningitis or septicemia, particularly in pregnant women, newborns, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

These are some of the most common types of food poisoning, but there are many other pathogens and contaminants that can cause illness if food is not handled, cooked, or stored properly.

Who Can I Sue for Food Poisoning?

If you have suffered from food poisoning and are considering legal action, several parties may be held liable depending on the circumstances of the case. Potential parties you could sue include the food establishment, manufacturer, supplier, farm or production facility, retailer, caterer or event organizer, and government entities responsible for regulating food safety.

Whether it's a restaurant, manufacturer, distributor, or retailer, if the contamination resulted from negligence in handling, preparing, or selling food products, they may be held accountable.

To pursue a lawsuit, you'll need to gather evidence demonstrating negligence or a breach of duty of care, such as medical records, receipts, and documentation of the contaminated food. Consulting with a food poisoning lawyer in Los Angeles, like those at Shoop | APLC, can help you assess your legal options and navigate the complexities of the legal process effectively.

Representation in Your Food Poisoning Case

Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation serves clients through aggressive food poisoning lawsuits against suppliers and/or preparers of contaminated food. Our team will use all the resources at our disposal to identify the supplier of the food, calling on investigators as needed to pinpoint the threat.

We aggressively seek compensation, working with clients to ensure they ask for the maximum amount possible after being put through this hardship. Food contamination is serious business, and you should not have to hold the supplier accountable on your own. Our team can work with you for a favorable result.

Call us today at (866) 884-1717 for dedicated legal representation if you have a food poisoning claim in Los Angeles. Our lawyers are ready to get to work for you.

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