Food Poisoning Attorney California

Food poisoning, also known as “foodborne illness,” “foodborne disease,” or foodborne infection” is one of the most common health problems facing the public today that a California food poisoning attorney can work with. The statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding yearly food poisoning is troubling:

  • 1 in 6 Americans, or 48 million people get sick
  • 128,000 people are hospitalized
  • 3,000 die of food poisoning

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning is contracted by eating food that is contaminated by bacteria or viruses. Food that is served at restaurants, purchased in stores, and prepackaged can all be susceptible to foodborne illness bacteria strains.

What are the signs of food poisoning?

Food poisoning can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fevers and cramps. Most of the time medical treatment is not necessary. However, infants, children, elderly individuals and anyone with a weak immune system can develop much more serious illnesses as a result of food poisoning.

What causes food poisoning?

There are several common strains of bacteria that cause food poisoning. However, the most common are:

  • E. Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Norovirus
  • Listeria
  • Hepatitis A

These viruses can contaminate any type of food, but some foods are more commonly associated with food poisoning including poultry, meats, shellfish, eggs, dairy products and leafy green vegetables. Much of what has been seen in the news recently involves outbreaks of E. coli in spinach, and salmonella in peanut butter. The recent news involving Chipotle was an E. coli outbreak, however, the exact cause is still not identified.

How do I determine what food caused my sickness?

This is one of the most difficult issues to identify in a food poisoning case. Typically a person has difficulty identifying exactly what caused the food poisoning. However, when a number of people suffer from food poisoning that visited the same restaurant or chain of restaurants, it is typically easier to make out a case. Also, patterns can sometimes develop that show people who ate a certain food from a store have developed food poisoning. Most people are surprised to learn that it can take as long as several days for food poisoning to develop, making identification even harder.

When you speak to a California Food Poisoning Lawyer from Humprhey & Rist about your case, we will work to identify where the food poisoning occurred. Our office will examine recent news media and food recalls to see if any contaminated food has been consumed by our client. This can be the linchpin in helping a client to move a food poisoning case forward.

Getting Help with a California Food Poisoning Lawyer

Humphrey & Rist handle food poisoning cases throughout California. When we examine a potential food poisoning case our attorneys will attempt to identify the food manufacturer, distributer, supplier and processor in order to determine who could be liable for damages. Our office has helped victims of food poisoning to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

For more information or to set up a free consultation with a California Food Poisoning Lawyer, call us at (805) 618-2924. There is never a charge to discuss a food poisoning case with a potential client. Also, all cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless your case is settled or won at trial.