Food poisoning cases fall under the general category of product liability claims. The defective product, of course, is the food. Having an attorney who is experienced in handling food poisoning cases is critical. The food poisoning can come in a number of different forms: salmonella, E.coli or from other contaminants.
E.coli is generally harmless. But there are some strains of it that live in cattle intestines that can cause intestinal bleeding and sometimes kidney failure. The E.coli contamination frequently is difficult to trace. The toasting of hamburger buns on a grill that is immediately adjacent to cooking hamburger patties can be the cause of E.coli contamination. Storing raw meat near other food can result in contamination from the meat juices dripping onto the other food products. Use of raw eggs is a notorious source of salmonella. Improper or inadequate preparation or cooking of chicken or turkey can allow salmonella to remain in the food product and injure the consumer.
Food poisoning cases are typically pursued on both a breach of warranty basis and negligence basis. The breach of warranty is the failure of the restaurant or distributor to deliver the product in a form for which it is reasonably expected to be used, i.e. without contamination. The negligence may exist in the storage, cooking or preparation of the food.
Establishing the link between the illness of the client and a particular food prepared may be difficult. Prompt notification to the local authorities is critical so that they can conduct their own investigation.
If you believe you have been the victim of food poisoning resulting in serious injury, contact the offices of attorney Brien Roche in Fairfax, Virginia, Washington DC or Maryland.
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