Food poisoning can refer to serious and life-threatening illnesses, such as salmonella and E. coli. Food poisoning can cost hundreds of dollars in medical bills, as well as lost wages and significant pain and suffering. Foodborne outbreaks are almost always preventable with due diligence in the food industry. When food manufacturers, distributors or preparers are negligent, it can lead to contaminated food items and serious consumer illnesses. If you or a loved one contracted food poisoning in Gwinnett County, Georgia, contact Dermer Appel Ruder, LLC. A food poisoning lawyer at our firm can review your case for free.
If you suffered serious harm or a loved one died due to food poisoning, do not attempt to handle your claim alone. Your losses are severe enough to deserve attention from a Gwinnett County food poisoning lawyer. An attorney from Dermer Appel Ruder, LLC can work through the tough aspects of your case while advocating for maximum compensation on your behalf. An attorney will not allow an insurance company to take advantage of you as a claimant. Your lawyer will stand up for your rights and take care of the claims process while you focus on getting better.
Food poisoning is an illness that comes from eating contaminated or spoiled food. The three main sources of food poisoning are bacteria, viruses and parasites. Bacteria is the most common. E. coli, listeria and salmonella are three bacteria that can cause life-threatening forms of food poisoning. A recent salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef, for example, has taken a life in California. Food poisoning from all three sources is typically preventable.
The issue that ultimately causes food poisoning in a consumer could occur during the product’s manufacture, distribution, storage or preparation. Identifying the exact cause of a case of food poisoning may take a professional investigation. Many serious cases involve numerous consumers, helping investigators pinpoint the source of the illness. The defendant in a food poisoning lawsuit or class action could be a food manufacturer, distribution company, farm, restaurant, or grocery store.
As the victim of food poisoning, you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against one or more defendants on the grounds of negligence, strict product liability, or breach of warranty. Negligence could refer to someone’s inadequate storage or preparation of the food item, leading to your illness. Strict product liability laws state that product manufacturers are liable for defective or dangerous items, even if they were not negligent. A breach of warranty is a violation of the implied or express guarantees given by food suppliers, such as a promise of “fully cooked” meats. If you believe you have a personal injury lawsuit for food poisoning, you have two years to bring your claim in most cases.
At Dermer Appel Ruder, LLC, our attorneys have extensive experience handling food poisoning lawsuits and other types of personal injury claims. We can help you meet your deadline to file, bring a strong claim against a defendant, and demand fair and full compensation for your losses. Our law firm offers free initial consultations in Gwinnett County so you can ask questions and receive reliable answers at no financial risk. Learn about your food poisoning case today. Contact us online or at (404) 892-8884.