The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that food poisoning outbreaks sicken 1 in 6 Americans, or about 50 million people, every year. Although most cases are not life-threatening, over 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases, such as salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, and more. If you were severely injured in an outbreak of food poisoning, contact our lawyers regarding an Alabama food poisoning lawsuit.
Need a Lawyer? If you or your loved one got sick in a food poisoning outbreak in Alabama, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file an Alabama food poisoning lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning occurs when people eat or drink disease-causing viruses, mold, bacteria, parasites (such as tapeworm or Cyclospora), chemicals, or toxins. There are hundreds of diseases and many symptoms and complications, such as fever, bloody or watery diarrhea, vomiting, sepsis, and meningitis. Disease-causing pathogens are also transmitted in many different ways — lack of refrigeration or sanitation, fecal contamination of water or fields of fresh produce, improper hand-washing, and more.
Should I File a Food Poisoning Lawsuit?
You should consider filing a food poisoning lawsuit in Alabama if you were seriously injured, hospitalized, unable to work, had out-of-pocket expenses, or permanent injuries (such as kidney damage) as a result of your illness. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your economic and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, long-term injuries, etc.).
The strength of your case will vary depending on how long it took you to get sick after eating the food, laboratory test results confirming your infection, and evidence of negligence on the part of the food producer or restaurant. The strongest claims are from people who were sickened by outbreaks of food poisoning caused by a specific product named by a government agency.
Food Poisoning Outbreaks Becoming More Common
According to a study published by the CDC in 2012, the number of laboratory-confirmed food poisoning cases has been on the rise since 1996, when researchers began collecting data. The most common culprit is Salmonella, followed by Campylobacter and Shigella.
What is Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)?
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a serious complication of food poisoning that is almost always linked to E. coli, but can also be associated with Salmonella and Shigella. HUS occurs when an infection in the gastrointestinal system produces toxins that destroy red blood cells, which causes kidney damage. HUS is the most common cause of acute kidney failure in children.
Common Types of Food Poisoning
- E. Coli O157:07
- Hepatitis A
Resources & Additional Information
- U.S. Food Poisoning Statistics — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) — National Institute of Health
- Alabama Food Poisoning Lawyer
Do I Have an Alabama Food Poisoning Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in food poisoning lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in Alabama.
Free Alabama Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one got sick in an outbreak of food poisoning in Alabama, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Alabama food poisoning lawsuit and we can help.