San Diego Food Poisoning Attorney
If you believe you have contacted some form of food poisoning, it is always vitally important that you seek immediate medical treatment. Following your release from care, it is also important that you contact an experienced California personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claims.
Common Types of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning can be contracted from tainted food or beverages purchased at a retailer or prepared for you at a restaurant. Food poisoning illness stems from a wide array of bacterial and viral pathogens, chemicals, and toxins including:
- Hepatitis A
- Clostridium perfringens
- Clostridium difficile
- Calicivirus, or Norwalk-like virus
- Giardia lamblia
- Clostridium botulinum (causes botulism)
Cause of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Foodborne illness outbreaks can be caused by handlers infected with disease or by those that do not engage in proper handwashing following restroom use. Storing foods at room temperature or failing to adequately clean cooking and food preparation surfaces can also lead contamination and subsequent food poisoning.
Harmful contaminants can also be added at some stage of the food manufacturing process. For example, diethylene glycol, a poison used in the production antifreeze, has been found in tooth paste, and melamine, an ingredient normally used in plastic manufacturing, has been found to be used in pet food products produced in Asia.
Foodborne Illness Statistics
Foodborne illness is widespread and extremely dangerous. In certain cases it can also be lie threatening. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States. Foodborne illness results in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths annually. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to food poisoning.
Foodborne Illness Symptoms
Food poisoning can manifest in many ways and initially cause a host of problems including diarrheal illness, internal organ failure, and liver and kidney disease. In most cases, food poisoning victims will experience one or more of the following symptoms.
- High fever (101.5 or higher)
- Blood in the stools
- Hot flashes