Omaha Food Poisoning Lawyer

The advent of the molecular gastronomy food movement has only increased the entire country’s focus on food preparation and the restaurant industry. Restaurants are now preparing bolder and unique entrees to entice diners to step outside their comfort zone. While this offers whole new food experiences, it should not lead to the negligent preparation of food at the same time. Restaurants must follow a very strict health and safety code. Any deviation may result in liability after sickening a customer.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a serious condition that can emerge virtually overnight. You are often out of commission for several days. Every year, approximately 130,000 people are hospitalized around the country due to food poisoning illnesses, and approximately 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.[1] However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 48 million people get sick every year due to food poisoning (or one in six people nationwide).[2]

Extensive studies by the CDC have indicated that produce commodities (such as fruits and nuts) accounted for nearly half of all reported foodborne illnesses, while meat and poultry accounted for around 25%.[3] Leafy vegetables were further found to contribute to the highest number of food poisoning cases.

While some restaurants may do all they can to prevent food poisoning, they may purchase produce or meats from a contaminated location which can easily lead to foodborne illnesses despite all the precautions put into place. Therefore, it is the job of a personal injury attorney to track down the responsible parties.

Recovery After Food Poisoning

Many food poisoning cases stem from the actions of the restaurant and its workers. This may be caused by meat which was left out too long, improperly washed produce, or failing to thoroughly wash hands. However, other foodborne illnesses may be caused from the source itself and the food companies which handle the food prior to its delivery. You are entitled to seek recovery from the responsible party whose actions led to your illness, although sometimes there may be a joint liability situation.

A personal injury attorney will carefully examine the facts of your case to determine the extent of liability for each party. In unique situations, all members of the food distribution chain will hold a percentage of liability, while in other cases it is clear that the illness was caused by the actions of one person.

You are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries from the responsible party, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future earnings
  • Pain and suffering

Food poisoning packs a serious punch to all its sufferers and can sometimes take weeks to recover. This can have a lasting physical impact and a psychological one as well.

The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska

If you or a loved one have experienced severe food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in bringing personal injury claims against the responsible parties. Food poisoning is one of the worst illnesses that has impacted nearly all of us at some point in our lives. Severe cases can often lead to long-lasting injuries, and the responsible party should be held accountable. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/

[2] http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/attribution/overview.html

[3] http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/19/3/11-1866_article