Food poisoning or illness caused by food contamination is a highly publicized issue that affects thousands of consumers annually. A large number of individuals are hospitalized, and estimates of 5,000 or more people are reported to die as a result of food borne illnesses. The most recent cause of public concern regarding contaminated food involves a salmonella outbreak in vegetables which has already been shown to have made hundreds of people ill nationwide. Food poisoning is normally caused by viruses, parasites, or bacteria that come into direct contact with food.Most cases of food poisoning are the result of contamination through improper handling of food. The actions of manufacturers, restaurant chains, food distributors, and grocers are the most common contributors to this kind of food contamination. Some fail to heed FDA warnings and take action to prevent food borne illnesses from reaching consumers to save on time and costs associated with storage, preparation, and other activities. Not taking responsibility to maintain proper product safety standards on the part of food handlers has negative consequences on the public well being.Symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, pain of the abdomen, nausea, fever, diarrhea, headache, extreme tiredness, and other health issues. Individuals who suffer from food poisoning may have a valid personal injury claim against those responsible for their illness. By being negligent to take the necessary steps for maintaining adequate product safety, manufacturers, restaurants, and others who deal with food products are in violation of the law.
Those who have suffered as a result of food poisoning, which can be attributed to the negligence or wrongful actions of someone else, may need to consider contacting a qualified personal injury attorney to handle the claim. An effective lawyer who specializes in this area can assist individuals with getting the legal compensation they are entitled to for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages that may have resulted from their injury.