Boston Food Illness Attorneys
Toxic agents that enter the body through the consumption of food can cause serious food poisoning and can happen at anytime. Toxins can infect the food you cook at home, that you consume at other’s houses, or when you are out to eat.
The most common form of food borne illness comes from E. Coli 0:157. As with any illness, children, the elderly, and the immune-compromised are the most at risk for contracting food poisoning. Symptoms of this strain of E. Coli generally involve bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and a high fever. Most of those infected do not report experiencing the symptoms until three to four days after coming in contact with the toxin. In 10-15 percent of these cases, a deadly condition that impairs renal function can occur. Those affected by this condition will require dialysis, and in more serious cases, a kidney transplant.
Other food borne illnesses include food borne Botulism and Salmonella, which also cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms generally occur within a 12-hour to 3-day period after exposure. In some cases, the illness can spread from the intestines to the blood stream often requiring hospitalization and sometimes resulting in severe injury or death.
Food allergies can also be the cause of serious problems. Deadly reactions can occur when a product is mislabeled. For example, a product may be labeled as peanut-free, but in actuality is not. This would result in a recall of the product by the company, but often times, people are negatively affected by the mislabeling.
Tips to Keep Your Food Safe
- Cook Thoroughly: This applies to meat, poultry and eggs. For example, eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm.
- Separate Foods: Put cooked foods on a clean platter, and wash utensils and cutting boards that have been in contact with raw food.
- Wash Your Hands!
- Refrigerate: Put leftovers in the refrigerator as bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.
- Wash Produce: Clean all vegetables and fruits and remove the outermost leaves.
- Check the Label!
If you, or a loved one, have become seriously ill and suspect contaminated food as the culprit, seek medical attention immediately. Food borne illness can cause serious health problems, and even death in certain circumstances.
Once you have received appropriate medical care, contact the attorneys at Kelly & Soto Law. We know that often, food poisoning occurs in groups. If you develop symptoms and a food product was recalled, we can likely trace the infected food to your illness. We would like the process to be as convenient and worry-free for you as possible and go great lengths to ensure your claim is handled effectively. If you are interested in additional information, contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation and realistic evaluation of your case. We can be reached at 1.800.LAW.GUYS or through the contact us form.