Food-borne illness, sometimes called food poisoning, is no joking matter.
There’s a basic assumption we make when we go out to eat or bring home packaged food from the store, and that is that the food is safe. The truth is a different matter.
Food and beverage recalls have been skyrocketing, and among the big culprits are salmonella and listeria contamination. These disease-causing bacteria may not just leave a person with an upset tummy but can deposit someone in the hospital for an extended stay. According to the CDC, salmonella-related illness results in more than 26,000 people being hospitalized each year.
Illness isn’t restricted to takeout or ready-to-eat meals, but can occur in all kinds of packaged foods, meats, and fresh vegetables. In 2022, contaminated Jif peanut butter resulted in 21 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 17 states. Also in 2022, Big Olaf brand ice cream, which is not sold in New York, was contaminated with listeria, leading to 27 hospitalizations and one death. A reoccurrence can happen at any time, in any place, and it can happen to any brand.
The Bronx personal injury law firm of Feiner & Lavy monitors these outbreaks because it affects our friends and neighbors in the Bronx and beyond. The cases involving food-borne illness can be devastating in terms of the treatment required to make a recovery, and the costs involved can be outrageous.
What could indicate a food-borne illness? To begin with, you will experience stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly a fever, chills, and a headache. If you went to sleep feeling like this and woke up feeling just as sick, we would advise you to seek medical attention. If nothing else, this would confirm whether you’ve been a victim of food poisoning or if it’s something like a virus or flu.
If it’s a food-borne illness, others who ate the same food will also share your symptoms. This is when you will need a friend like the lawyers at Feiner & Lavy. If this happens, the companies that are responsible will begin their damage-control process, which will involve them contact their law firms and insurance companies. They will try to buy you off cheap, and a strong advocate like Feiner & Lavy will make sure you’re not the double victim of the company both through food poisoning and a quick, cheap payoff. We are committed to winning you the kind of settlement you deserve.
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