Food Poisoning & Outbreaks

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Food Poisoning & OutbreaksIf you or a loved one has been the victim of food poisoning, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries by filing a food poisoning lawsuit and we can help.

Food Poisoning is a serious problem, which has become an epidemic in the United States. Food poisoning can sicken just one person or it can become an outbreak that affects a large group of people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States each year. Of these cases, approximately 300,000 people will be hospitalized and 5,000 people will die. In our opinion and with the number of food recalls and outbreaks occurring every year, these statistics will change dramatically for the worse.

In addition, the aforementioned numbers only account for reported illnesses. In our experience a large number of people sickened by contaminated food do not go to their doctor and if they do, do not get an official diagnosis of what type of sickness they have and in some instances have no idea what caused it. This also supports our opinion of the numbers above being dramatically lower then the actual number of deaths and illnesses occurring every year from food poisoning and food borne illness outbreaks.

Food poisoning deaths are not biased towards age, race, gender or status. Negligence in the handling or preparation of food will rob our children of their future and stop the elderly in their prime.

Infants and elderly people have the greatest risk for food poisoning. You are also at higher risk if you have a serious medical condition, like kidney disease or diabetes, a weakened immune system, or if you travel outside of the U.S. to areas where there is more exposure to organisms that cause food poisoning. Pregnant and breast feeding women also have to be especially careful.

Holding the Food Manufacturers Responsible

Often times, a victim of food poisoning will contact the manufacturer of the contaminated product to discuss remedies on their own. Quickly they will discover that large food manufacturers and their insurance companies are very intimidating and hire teams of lawyers to fight all claims no matter what the cost and without regard to responsibility.

This is where an experienced food poisoning law firm can help you in your time of need. Not only does Schmidt & Clark, LLP seek to recover compensation on behalf of our food poisoning victim clients but we also hope to force these companies to manufacture and process safe food so that others will not suffer the same injuries again.