Food Posioning Lawyer Rhode Island
Food poisoning affects an estimated 25 percent of Americans each year. While most quickly recover, many others suffer serious illness, requiring extensive medical testing and treatment. Approximately 371,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with food poisoning and another 5,700 suffer wrongful death.
Food poisoning cases can be complex. Determining the cause of the injury can be difficult because many symptoms are initially similar to a common flu.
At the Law Office of Brenda L. Ferry we have the experience, expertise and resources to obtain the best results for our clients who have suffered foodborne illness. To schedule a consultation, contact the law firm through this Web site or by calling 401-572-3919.
Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is caused by the negligence of individuals and companies responsible for the growing, packaging, distribution, preparation or serving of food. Food poisoning may occur in restaurants, school cafeterias, or even at picnics. It may also occur when you consume spoiled or contaminated food from the grocery store. .
Illness and Injuries Caused by Food Poisoning
Food poisoning can result in serious illness and injury, including abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fevers, chills, bleeding, weakness, headaches, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms often start within two to six hours of eating contaminated food.
Over the long-term, these symptoms can lead to respiratory arrest, kidney failure and problems, bleeding disorders and death. If you are ill and suspect you have food poisoning, contact your doctor. He or she will ask you to come in for testing. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and what foods you have eaten recently. They will order tests or send you to the hospital for tests. If there is leftover contaminated food, you may be asked to bring a sample in for testing.
Claims, Liability Parties and Damages in Food Poisoning Cases
There are several parties who may be liable in food poisoning cases, including farms, restaurants, grocery stores, food distributors and food manufacturers. You may be able to file a claim for negligence, which is the failure to use reasonable care. You may also be able to file for breach of warranty for the defective food products.
If you are injured, you may be able to seek damages for medical bills and lost earnings, scarring and disability, loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. In wrongful death cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages and damages for loss of consortium.
Choosing a Rhode Island Food Poisoning Lawyer
Your legal rights need to protected after you suffer food poisoning. You should hire an experienced Rhode Island personal injury lawyer to protect your rights. It’s important to act immediately. The Statute of Limitations determines how long you have to file your case.
To schedule a consultation, contact the law firm through this Web site or by calling 401-572-3919.