Foodborne illnesses are caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages.  There are many different foodborne illnesses that are caused by disease-causing microbes, or pathogens. 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 those victims of foodborne illnesses required some period of hospitalization. Approximately 5,000 of these hospitalizations result in death. Each of these people or their loved ones should consult a foodborne illness lawyer about a potential foodborne illness lawsuit.

On an annual basis, the cost of foodborne illnesses, including medical expenses, lost wages and productivity, range from $6.5 to $34.9 billion. Raw food, such as raw meat and poultry, are the most common sources of foodborne illness. Seafood and produce are also sources of foodborne illness. Food products can also become contaminated and cause Salmonella food poisoning, Shigellosis, or E. coli food poisoning. Those lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering are all costs a victim may be able to recover by bringing a food poisoning lawsuit by retaining a foodborne illness lawyer.

Symptoms of Foodborne Illness

Microbes that cause foodborne illnesses enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract. The delay between consumption and appearance of the first symptoms of illness is called the incubation period, which can range from hours to days.  Upon entering the gastrointestinal tract, microbes causing foodborne illness may cause the following foodborne illness symptoms:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dehydration
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea

Depending on severity of food poisoning symptoms, treatment of these symptoms can range from taking fluids to hospitalization.

Contact a Foodborne Illness Lawyer

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.

Published November 17, 2011 by