Food Poisoning and your Health
Every year millions of people get sick from food poisoning. In some cases of food poisoning the person may have a legal claim. Knowing more about food poisoning will help determine if there is such a claim or not. First you need to know how food can become contaminated.
What Is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning is an umbrella term for any kid of illness caused by food that was contaminated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are over 76 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. each year, most of which goes unreported. There are between 400 to 500 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness each year. An outbreak is any situation where lots of people become sick from a particular batch of contaminated food. There are over 250 different types of food poisoning but they are grouped into four broad categories, bacteria is the most common, viruses from infected animal or person through food, parasites in the body and toxins that accidentally end up in the food.
How Does Food Become Contaminated?
There are many ways for food to become contaminated, through the slaughtering process, animal feces, fertilizers, contaminated water or pesticides. Food preparation or improper food storage can also contribute to food contamination.
Proper washing and preparing of foods at home can greatly reduce your risk of food poisoning but when you eat out you are at the mercy of the restaurant and whatever precautions that are taken in the kitchen.
If you are a victim of food poisoning and you think you may have a legal claim, consulting with an attorney may help you sort out the medical and legal issues. This consultation can provide some insight into the strengths of your claim.
Contact the Horwitz Law Group today at 312-641-9200 for a free consultation