Although the New York City health department sets strict guidelines for food safety and preparation, unsanitary food production and handling practices can result in contaminated food reaching your plate. If you or a family member has contracted Salmonella after eating contaminated food at a restaurant or in your home, contact a dedicated team of personal injury attorneys ready to listen to your story and decide on the best course of action.
What is Salmonella?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Salmonella is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness in the United States. People who are infected with Salmonella often develop diarrhea, high fever, and severe abdominal cramps in 12 to 72 hours. This foodborne illness usually resolves itself within a few days. However, it can cause severe infection and lead to lengthy hospital stays, and in extreme cases, death. The elderly, infants, and anyone with an impaired immune system is more likely to have a severe illness.
How is Salmonella Spread?
Salmonella is found in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals such as birds. People usually get infected through eating foods contaminated with animal feces. These foods – such as milk, eggs, beef, or poultry – are often of animal origin. However, any food can become contaminated, including fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, contaminated foods usually look and smell as if there is nothing wrong with them, so do not expect visible contamination. Unsafe food handling practices in restaurants can contaminate food preparation surfaces – further spreading the bacteria if infected food products enter a kitchen. The result – as in the August, 2018 case of Salmonella linked to kosher chicken, which lead to one death and 17 people sickened in four states – can be very severe.
Salmonella and the Law
Much like other foodborne illness lawsuits, Salmonella lawsuits vary in complexity so it is important to consult an experienced attorney who can listen and respond to your particular case. If you or a family member has suffered from a Salmonella infection. there are a few legal strategies that may give you a better idea of how your case may be handled:
- Strict liability does not require you to show the manufacturer or restaurant was negligent; only that you ingested contaminated food.
- Violation of express or implied warranty requires one to prove that a seller claimed food was safe to eat when it was not.
- Negligence which requires one to prove that a manufacturer or restaurant did not exercise due care when producing the food that became infected with Salmonella. It is important to note that food can be contaminated with Salmonella even if no party in its production acted negligently.
Consult an Experienced New York City Salmonella Attorney
If you have suffered from a Salmonella infection after eating contaminated food, you may be entitled to compensation for your illness and medical bills. Whether the infection was the result of a negligent employee or infected livestock, the passionate team at Robinson & Yablon, P.C., is prepared to fight for your rights. Contact us today at (212) 725-8566 to set up a consultation.