Food poisoning or food-borne illnesses happen when there is a foreign bacteria or virus that has contaminated your food. These viruses can lead to serious injury or death and are often result in the filing of a personal injury lawsuit to help get compensated for the impact the sickness has had on your life. Filing a suit following a sickness can also help impact a positive change within the industry– the expense of a large lawsuit verdict combined with the negative publicity often inspires a re-evaluation of standards, etc. Food poisoning lawsuits are always complex and based on a fair amount of scientific expert testimony to make the proper links. Because there is a lapse in time between when someone eats a bad food item and when they get sick (and during that time they have likely consumed a range of foods), it can be very difficult to properly connect a certain food item to a sickness. For these reasons and others it is always best to work with a Los Angeles food poisoning lawyer to help maximize your settlement.
FOOD POISONING INJURIES AND DEATHS
Symptoms of food poisoning range from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea to more serious medical issues that require hospitalization. According to recent data from the CDC, over 48 million Americans suffer from food poisoning on an annual basis and there are roughly 3,000 food poisoning deaths every year..
How does dangerous food get to the market and why is it so common? There are multiple ways your food can turn deadly and often times multiple responsible parties as well. This includes:
- Restaurants: Get sick after eating at a certain restaurant? This is extremely common and a potential lawsuit. The thing to keep in mind when it comes to Los Angeles restaurant food poisoning lawsuits is the nature and extent of your injuries. If you just got sick but did not have any lasting injuries or medical bills, a lawsuit is an option but your financial recovery will likely be pretty low.
- Grocery stores: You buy your produce and other grocery items with the assumption that everything is safe but unfortunately that is not always the case.
Some of the pathogens that are commonly associated with food poisoning and contamination include:
- E. Coli
- Hepatitis A
- Listeria Monocytogenes
HOW MUCH IS MY FOOD POISONING CASE WORTH?
Questions about how much your Los Angeles food poisoning case is worth is usually the second or third question we get from our clients during their initial consultation with us. We cannot and no firm should ever give you an exact dollar amount before taking you on as a client. What we can do here and in your initial free consultation with us is give you a very realistic idea of what you might be able to expect.
- Money spent: Let’s start with the easiest part of the equation so far– how much money have you spent or missed out on as a result of your Los Angeles food poisoning. Add up everything from a trip (or trips) to the doctor, medication and the amount of time you may have missed at work.
- Money needed: What do you need to continue to feel better, accommodate for the permanent damage the food poisoning might have caused you and the other negative impact this injury/illness has on your life going forward?
- Other: You have probably read about some really big numbers when it comes to massive food poisoning cases at big chains (Chipotle, McDonald’s, etc). In some instances, you might also be able to benefit from a larger financial settlement aimed at punishing the company. While these cases are rare, they exist and if you did get food poisoning at a large chain or supermarket, it is possible that this is a widespread issue.
One thing is for certain– if you have experienced food poisoning and it is had a physical and financial impact on your life, it is absolutely worth your time to get in touch with a Los Angeles food poisoning lawyer. At Walch Law, we are here to help. We have over 40 years of experience helping victims of a wide range of California personal injuries, including food poisoning. Get in touch with us today to set up your free consultation.
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When looking for a California wrongful death lawyer, you want a law firm that can get you the money you deserve. At Walch Law, we don't just meet our clients' expectations, we exceed them. We win over 95% of our cases and will work hard to get you the same great results we have gotten for so many of our happy clients. When it comes to handing a California wrongful death case, resolving your case as quickly as possible for as much money as possible is how we approach every case.
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