Tennessee Personal Injury Law: Food Poisoning
One of the most frightening possibilities for persons consuming food anywhere in the world is that the food is not in a safe condition to eat. Food poisoning is a term loosely used to refer to any sort of illness or medical condition brought on by food that is infected or infested in some form or another. Thousands of injuries are suffered every year in the state of Tennessee, as well as across the nation, due to harm caused by food poisoning.
Food-Borne Medical Conditions
There are a variety of illnesses or medical conditions brought on by food poisoning, including but not limited to:
- Salmonella: Fecal contamination in a food supply is hard to detect, and bacteria or diseases residing in the intestines of animals and people is one of the main culprits behind many food-poisoning situations. Salmonella is a gastrointestinal condition that often results in cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in infected patients. However, it can also lead to other dangerous and life-threatening diseases such as osteomyelitis, meningitis, and endocarditis. The most frequent culprits of salmonella are raw meats and eggs, but vegetables and fruits can also carry salmonella if they are not properly cared for and sanitized.
- Shigella: This disease is typically transported from one host to another due to fecal infection of food, and so is most common in young children who are constantly in contact with others who, like themselves, are not yet trained to properly use a toilet. Failure to wash ones hands after using the bathroom often leads to shigella and thousands of people every year suffer from the condition, many cases required antibacterial treatments.
- Botulism: One of the most impairing food-borne illnesses, botulism is a rare condition that affects the nervous system. It is most commonly transported to a host via canned products that have become infected with the toxin, as well as meat or seafood products. Paralysis is one of the primary symptoms of botulism, although this is repairable if antibiotics are administered in time.
- E. Coli: Many people have heard about these bacteria in the news. It infects food when living on the hands of people who have come into contact with feces from an animal or human intestinally infected with the disease. It is a harmless infection in many situations, but often the diarrhea, cramps, and nausea caused by E. Coli can manifest into larger problems, like failure in the kidneys, that can be life threatening.
- Campylobacter: There are several reported cases of campylobacter food poisoning every year. Fortunately, this common infection usually is remedied with a week’s treatment of rest and fluids and is not fatal. Like many other gastrointestinal conditions, symptoms are marked by nausea, cramps, and diarrhea.
- Norovirus: This is an extremely contagious food-borne illness, and is usually transferred when infected persons make contact with others via shared utensils, handshakes, and shared meals or drinks. It is the culprit behind an enormous number of injuries and deaths, and has no antibacterial treatments. Cases in which rest and fluids are ineffective cures can lead to fatal consequences.
- Cryptosporidium: Patients who are already suffering from conditions that weaken their immune system are especially susceptible to cryptosporidium-causing parasites. These make their home in various water sources, many of which are popular outdoor swimming holes, as well as within food or water products. It is unaffected by many chemical disinfectants, and can survive for long periods of time, resulting in long-term gastrointestinal stresses for victims.
- Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is an extremely contagious virus that makes its home in raw shellfish, drinking water, and other foods or drinks contaminated by contact with infected persons. Unlike many other food-borne illnesses, antibacterial treatment is unavailable due to Hepatitis A’s viral nature. Rest and fluids usually foster recovery, although some cases result in a person’s liver acquiring life-threatening diseases or even failing altogether.
- Listeria: People who have decreased immune system functioning are extremely susceptible to the bacteria known as listeria, such as patients suffering from other conditions, elderly individuals, pregnant women, and young children. The resulting infection is known as listeriosis, and is caused by consumption of listeria-infected raw meats, seafood, dairy, and some vegetables. Meningitis, cervical infections, and septicemia are just a few of the life-threatening conditions that can be brought on by listeriosis.
- Cyclospora: Drinks or food that are infested with the cyclospora parasite are unusual culprits for food-borne illnesses. Vegetables and fruits that host this parasite transfer most infections. Antibiotics are required to treat the condition brought on by this parasitic infection, and untreated cases can be extremely long and painful for the victim.
Legal Representation For Food Poisoning Cases
If you or a loved one has suffered from harm related to food poisoning, then you may be entitled to compensatory damages from persons responsible for providing the infected food. Restaurants and other such entities that do not abide by proper health code regulations are often responsible for a good number of food poisoning cases in the United States, so gathering evidence proving fault from the provider of infected food should be done as quickly as possible. Our team of attorneys has the experience, connections, and resources best suited for securing satisfactory settlements in a wide variety of cases involving injury due to food poisoning. Time is money, literally – so don’t wait! Set up an initial consultation with one of our skilled legal representatives, and get on track towards reaching the compensation you deserve.