It seems like there’s a product being recalled all too often because of food poisoning. Peanut butter, spinach, canned goods, poultry – the list continues to grow.

People contract food poisoning when they consume food that contains harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses.

Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, is one of the most common gastrointestinal ailments in the United States – caused by contaminated food.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 million people are sickened as a result of it. Sadly, more than 100,000 people require hospitalization and thousands of people die each year.

The cause of most cases is pathogens, a living organism that can cause disease. This includes bacteria, viruses and molds. The most common pathogens are: Salmonella, found in meats, eggs, milk, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Others include Norovirus, Campylobacter, Toxoplasma, Clostridium perfringens, Listeria, and E. coli.

Symptoms associated with food poisoning include:

  • Upset stomach, including cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • fever

Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a week and can vary in severity. It is best to see your doctor immediately. Your doctor may tell you to:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get plenty of rest
  • eat a bland diet

In extreme situations, hospitalization may be required.

If you or a loved one has suffered illness because of food poisoning, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the responsible party through a personal injury claim.

In order to make a successful claim, the following must be proven:

  1. Fault – the responsible party was negligent in some way while handling, preparing or storing food
  2. Causation – the responsible party actively caused the food to become contaminated, causing your illness
  3. Damages – you suffered loss or harm as a result of consuming the contaminated food

If you suffered serious food poisoning after eating a contaminated product, contact the personal injury law office of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We will fight for justice and compensation for you.

We are conveniently located in Bergen County,l. New Jersey and New York City.