Salmonella Lawsuits From Food Poisoning Outbreaks
Salmonella, also known as salmonellosis, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. In many cases negligence during the manufacturing or preparation of food products causes salmonella contamination.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigate potential salmonella poisoning lawsuits nationwide. In cases where food poisoning can be tied to a specific act of negligence which could have been prevented, financial compensation may be available for those who suffer serious injuries as a result of the food poisoning. Request a free consultation.
Food contamination can occur in mass produced products, leading to widespread salmonella outbreaks within a region or across the country. In many cases, the cause of the contamination is not discovered until after individuals have already become sick.
Symptoms of salmonella food poisoning can result in high fever, persistent diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, severe abdominal cramps and pain. The first symptoms usually begin to surface between 12 hours and 3 days after consuming the salmonella infected food.
For most healthy adults, salmonella symptoms pass within a few days to a week. However, in some cases severe illness can persist for longer and lead to more serious health problems.
Those who are most susceptible to serious injury include the elderly, infants and those with chronic conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes or weak immune systems.
Complications from salmonella food poisoning may require hospitalization in serious cases. If the disease is left untreated and enters the blood stream, it could result in hospitalization, liver damage or even death. Reiter’s syndrome is a chronic condition which could result from salmonella poisoning. Symptoms of Reiter’s syndrome include painful joints, irritated eyes and painful urination.
Another serious condition that could result from salmonella is typhoid fever. Although this is very rare in the United States, the disease, which is caused by the salmonella typhi strain, could result in fatal injuries if left untreated.
TYPES OF SALMONELLA POISONING
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 40,000 reported cases of salmonella sickness each year in the United States and about 600 deaths annually. However, the true number of infections likely exceeds 1.4 million, since most cases are not reported.
There are several different types of salmonella bacteria which could cause an outbreak. The most common strains found in the United States are salmonella typhimurium and salmonella enteritidis. Other less common strains can also cause widespread problems, as was seen in the nationwide peanut butter salmonella outbreak reported in February 2007, which involved the rare strain known as salmonella Tennessee.
Most salmonella outbreaks are caused by improper food handling or from eggs, poultry or beef which is undercooked.
SALMONELLA LAWSUIT INVESTIGATION
The food poisoning lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent victims of widespread salmonella outbreaks which can be tied to mass produced food products. If you, a friend or family member have suffered food poisoning as a result of a recalled product which results in serious injury or hospitalization, you may be entitled to compensation.