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3 Theories of Liability in Food Poisoning Cases

If you developed a case of food poisoning after eating at a restaurant or purchasing contaminated food from a grocery store, your attorney will need to show that a party’s negligence or misconduct was the cause of your illness. This article discusses 3 of the most common theories of liability in food poisoning lawsuits, and how to maximize the compensation you receive.
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3 Common Types of Liability in Food Poisoning Cases

The most important responsibility your food poisoning attorney has is establishing liability. There are 3 common ways in which food poisoning can occur: negligence, strict product liability, and breach of warranty.

1. Negligence

Food safety negligence is one of the leading causes of food poisoning illnesses in the United States. According to the FDA, about 48 million people -- or 1 in 6 Americans -- get sick and 128,000 are hospitalized each year in the U.S. Sadly, foodborne infections kill about 3,000 people annually.

When a food manufacturer or food preparer’s negligence causes a food poisoning illness, they may be liable for the injury. Victims of food-related illnesses may be able to pursue compensation by filing a lawsuit. In these cases, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing caused the food to become contaminated and resulted in the plaintiff’s illness.

2. Strict Product Liability

Many food poisoning claims fall under the products liability area of personal injury law, since food is technically a type of product which is sold to a consumer, who may be harmed if it is contaminated or otherwise defective.

Depending on the state in which you are bringing the claim, you may be able to argue that the manufacturer or distributor of the food should be strictly liable. This means that you only need to show that the food was contaminated and that you got sick as a result.

3. Breach of Warranty

Consumers have a reasonable expectation that the food they purchase will not be contaminated, and be safe to eat. This can legally be considered an implied warranty. A breach of this warranty means that those responsible for the production, manufacture, and distribution of the tainted food can be held responsible for your injuries.

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