New York City is one of the world’s most culinarily diverse cities, attracting millions of visitors each year. With more than 25,000 restaurants in the city, you can spend years exploring all the food options New York has to offer. Unfortunately, the danger of contracting a foodborne illness is always present. If you or a loved one has been the victim of food poisoning, you need a skilled New York food poisoning attorney to fight for your rights.
The Causes of New York City Food Poisoning
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 3,000 people die every year as a result of foodborne illness. Although the New York City Health Department sets a strict code of sanitation which restaurants are required to follow, restaurants often fail to meet these standards. Poor food safety practices, including leaving meat at room temperature for prolonged periods of time and failing to properly wash vegetables, can lead to customers contracting dangerous foodborne pathogens.
Additionally, poor sanitary conditions such as employees failing to wash their hands, unclean equipment, and rodent and cockroach infestations can further increase the risk of contracting food poisoning while eating at a restaurant.
Who is at Risk?
Everybody who eats at a restaurant that neglects to meet food safety standards is at risk for contracting a foodborne illness. However, certain groups of people are more likely to develop a serious illness as a result. Adults aged 65 and older and children under five years old are at a higher risk for developing serious forms of food poisoning. Additionally, people with weakened immune systems due to illnesses such as diabetes or kidney/liver disease, or those receiving chemotherapy are more likely to suffer from food poisoning.
Food Poisoning Symptoms
The symptoms of food poisoning may begin anywhere from minutes to days after eating contaminated food and vary depending on the type of germ ingested. Although most people will only suffer from mild symptoms, such as an upset stomach, that resolve themselves within a few days, food poisoning can result in long-term health problems and even death. Consult a doctor if you have experienced food poisoning symptoms for more than three days.
Common symptoms of food poisoning include:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
Consult an Experienced New York City Food Poisoning Attorney
If food poisoning has caused you serious harm or resulted in the injury or death of a loved one, you may have the right to compensation. At the law firm of Robinson & Yablon, P.C., our skilled New York City food poisoning attorneys have the experience and resources to investigate and build a claim to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (212) 725-8566 for an initial consultation.