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Food Poison Attorneys in Huntsville AL

Have you became ill shortly after eating at a restaurant? Do you believe you might have a food poisoning? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning each year in the United States. That means 1 in 4 consumers will be affected; senior citizens, young children and those already dealing with health problems are most likely to suffer serious or life-threatening complications.

In these people, food poisoning is very serious because their bodies cannot fight off the effects of toxins, or the secondary effects caused by the contaminated food. Even worse, over 125,000 people require hospitalization and 3,000 die after consuming contaminated meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and processed foods in their homes or in restaurants. Despite laws designed to protect the public from food poisoning outbreaks, contaminated food continues to reach store and restaurant patrons.

Since food safety is so important to public health, the law allows victims of food poisoning to hold the negligent farmers, preparers, sellers or servers of food responsible for the results of an outbreak. If you or someone you love was hurt by food poisoning, you can and should hold the negligent food company responsible for your injuries. The Huntsville poisoning lawyers at Ferguson and Ferguson can help you win compensation for past and future medical bills, missed work, long-term health problems or disabilities, wrongful death, emotional trauma and other damages you incurred by simply trusting that your food was safe. We are committed to getting the best possible results for our clients, and ensuring that their long-term medical and financial needs are taken care of.

Do I have a Food Poisoning Case?

If you have been made ill by food poisoning, you may be wondering if you have a case. The answer will depend on the particular circumstances of your illness. For example, time delays between eating the food and onset of illness may make it difficult to pinpoint the food that made you sick. On the other hand, if a government health agency has linked a particular food you ate to an outbreak of food poisoning, your claim may be easier.

The indications of a foodborne illness vary based on the source, but victims of foodborne illness may suffer from nausea, cramping, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In more serious cases, these pathogens can lead to dehydration, weakness, muscle aches or fatigue. The leading pathogenic causes of serious illness or death due to foodborne illness include:

  • E.coli
  • Salmonella
  • Norovirus
  • Listeria
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Hepatitis A

Causes of Food Poisoning

Food poisoing can be caused by any of the following:

  • Botulism
  • Shigella
  • Campylobacter
  • Salmonella
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Norovirus
  • Cyclospora
  • Listeria
  • E. coli
  • Hepatitis A
  • Enterobacter
  • Clostridium Perfringens
  • Vibrio Vulnificus

Damages in Food Poisoning Cases

A person injured by food poisoning can recover damages for a wide variety of damages, including but not limited to the following:

  • Loss of Consortium
  • Past and Future Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Future Wage Loss
  • Mental and Emotional Distress
  • Out of Pocket Expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Life Care Expenses
  • Disfigurement and Scarring
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Punitive Damages
  • Wrongful Death

Who Is Liable for Giving Me Food Poisoning?

As a general principle in defective product cases, you want to include any and all parties involved in the chain of distribution of the contaminated food. In food poisoning cases, you will need to trace the contamination to its source; anyone involved in the chain of distribution of a food product at or after the point of contamination may be liable. People who suffer serious personal injury, hospitalization, or even death due to food poisoning may be able to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

The chain of distribution in a food poisoning case is typically made up of the food processing company (such as a slaughterhouse or farm), the retailer (such as a grocery store or restaurant), and any number of suppliers, wholesalers, and distributors in between.

Why Hire Ferguson and Ferguson?

If you or a loved one is dealing with a case of food poisoning from a restaurant or other business, contact the Law Offices of Ferguson and Ferguson today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Many times it can be difficult to determine what food poisoned you, which is critical to your case. Your experienced food poison attorney can help determine that through research, investigation and knowledge gained from years of helping people in similar situations. Our food poisoning attorney will discover and collect all the pertinent facts, file your lawsuit and be your personal representative so you won’t have to confront anyone during this stage of the legal process. If you are seeking legal advice regarding a foodborne illness claim, our Alabama food poisoning lawyers can help. Call now. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We are here to help.

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303 Williams Avenue SW
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Huntsville, AL 35801

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