Every year in the Nevada and the United States, contaminated foods and recalled food products are to blame for many illnesses and deaths. Although there have been many technological and medical advances to cure food-borne diseases, countless illnesses continue to be discovered and many continue to suffer from these illnesses.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), food-borne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Known pathogens account for an estimated 14 million illnesses, 60,000 hospitalizations, and 1,800 deaths. Three pathogens, salmonella, listeria and toxoplasma, are responsible for 1,500 deaths each year. These pathogens result in more than 80% of the deaths from food-borne diseases.
In addition to causing death, food-borne illnesses can have long-term effects such as joint pain and infected internal organs (such as liver or intestines). It is important to schedule regular check-ups and talk to your doctor about any changes in your physical condition, including rapid weight loss, flu-like symptoms, fever, loss of appetite, and fatigue.
Typically, under our system of law, a person injured by food poisoning has to prove three things in order to make a successful claim.
Food poisoning lawsuits are science-based and can be very complex. Often times the actual cause of food poisoning cases can be difficult to prove. Commonly when an individual experiences food that doesn’t taste right they throw the food away. It is rare that the potential piece of evidence is kept for testing and examination. Further, most cases of food poisoning go unreported. Individual immune systems vary as do the degree and intensity of an individuals symptoms. As such there may not be complaints from other individuals that they had symptoms of stomach pain, vomiting or perfuse diarrhea. It is of utmost importance to have stool samples taken so the same can be sent to pathology and the etiology of the complaints determined to prove your case.
Attorneys Benson and Bingham have handled numerous food poisoning cases in Las Vegas and Nevada, with the legal and scientific knowledge necessary to understand and effectively utilize scientific evidence. If you or a loved one has suffered, or are suffering from a food-borne illness, you should seek counsel from a lawyer with experience handling claims involving food-borne illnesses. We have a track record of success, as well as the necessary experience and background to handle your claim involving injury, disease or death from contaminated or recalled food, and we always provide the personal service you seek. The future of you and your loved ones is too important to settle for any less than the best counsel possible. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced Nevada personal injury lawyers, please contact us today.