Food poisoning results from food tainted with bacteria or viruses, or food that is improperly refrigerated or stored.  In the United States, it is estimated that 76,000 cases of foodborne illness occur every year.  Approximately 5,000 people die every year from food poisoning outbreaks, and these cases can result in food poisoning lawsuits against the manufacturers and vendors of tainted food products.  Food services have a responsibility to produce food that is fit for human consumption, and if a consumer is harmed when food services fail to provide wholesome food, the consumer can recover damages.  Because food poisoning can be fatal, loved ones of consumers who suffer from food poisoning may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.  Consumers who think they may have suffered food poisoning through a tainted product should consult a food poisoning lawyer to determine whether they can file a food poisoning lawsuit.

Food Poisoning Lawsuit Review

If food poisoning is suspected, a consumer should seek out a doctor to examine his or her food poisoning symptoms.  If the consumer immediately suspects that a particular food product is at fault, that product should be stored for testing at a later time to preserve the person’s ability to effectively bring a food poisoning lawsuit.  To file a food poisoning lawsuit, the consumer must identify the particular source of the food poisoning; without an identified source, a food safety lawyer will not be able to identify a potential defendant to be held liable for damages.  Also, consumers should cooperate with government officials to confirm that food poisoning exists and to prevent other consumers from being contaminated with the same bacteria or toxins.

A successful food poisoning lawsuit can include several types of damages including  medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and out-of-pocket expenses.

Contact a Food Poisoning Lawsuit Lawyer

If you or a loved one believes that you have suffered food poisoning by a commercial food vendor, you may be entitled to file a food poisoning lawsuit.  Contact Bernstein Liebhard’s experienced food poisoning lawyer today for a free food poisoning lawsuit evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by