Depending on the law of your particular state, a food lawsuit may be filed if you’ve consumed foods that are either undercooked or have been exposed to different types of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning symptoms. More than 250 different foodborne illnesses have been identified.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that an estimated 76 million people in the United States come in contact with foodborne illnesses each year, 300,000 of which result in hospitalization. Approximately 5,000 of these hospitalizations result in death. Each of these victims may have a food lawsuit, which would allow them to recover damages.  The most common foodborne illnesses are caused by bacteria that can lead to campylobacteriosis, listeriosis, shigellosis, giardiasis, and hepatitis A. On an annual basis, the cost of foodborne illnesses, including medical expenses, lost wages and lost productivity, ranges from $6.5 to $34.9 billion.

Food Lawsuit Recoveries

Recoveries from food lawsuits resulting from the negligence and mishandling of food on the part of food companies and restaurants, can range in the millions of dollars. In 1993, Brianne Kiner received a settlement of $15.6 million after contracting a foodborne illness after eating at Jack in the Box. Families whose children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and were severely injured after consuming contaminated apple juice settled with Odwalla for $12 million. The family of a three year old who died from HUS after eating watermelon that had been contaminated with E. coli at a Sizzler restaurant in South Milwaukee, along with 140 other victims who also ate at the restaurant, settled with Sizzler for $13.5 million.

Food Safety

If proper precautions are not taken when handling food, you put yourself or a loved one at risk of developing a foodborne illness. Microbes that cause foodborne illnesses enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract. Upon entering the gastrointestinal tract, microbes causing foodborne illness cause the following food poisoning symptoms:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dehydration
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, food poisoning treatment can range from taking fluids to hospitalization, and the cases where the person suffers significant changes may be cause for a food poisoning lawsuit.

Food Lawsuit Information

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of foodborne illness as a result of unsafe food handling conditions contact us to speak with an experienced foodborne illness lawyer regarding your options to file a food lawsuit.

Published November 17, 2011 by