Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning Attorneys in Orange County, CA

When you snack or sit down for a meal, you expect your food to be safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Whether you are eating at a restaurant or having food delivered, restaurants and food providers in Orange County have a duty to follow health standards. They need to use appropriate cleaning procedures, use safe ingredients, and make sure that they are following the law. If they don’t, you could end up with a life-threatening illness.

At Silverthorne Attorneys, we understand the risk that you face from unsafe food. Food poisoning cases can be complex and specialized, but our experienced team is ready to help. We handle all types of food poisoning cases, including those that result in hospitalization and wrongful death.

If you have been injured by food poisoning in Orange County, we are ready to discuss your case and answer any questions you have. We offer a free consultation, and you do not pay any fees unless we recover money for you.

For a free case review, call us today or use our online contact form.

In Case of Suspected Foodborne Illness

If you believe you may be suffering from food poisoning, follow these general guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture:

  1. Preserve the evidence. If a portion of the suspect food remains, wrap the food securely, write “DANGER” on the package, and immediately freeze it. Save all of the food’s original packaging materials, such as cans, cartons or wrapping. Write down the food type, the date, other identifying marks on the package, the time it was consumed, and when the onset of symptoms occurred. Save any identical unopened products.
  2. Seek medical treatment, as needed. If you are in an “at-risk” group, seek medical care immediately. If symptoms persist or are severe (such as bloody diarrhea, excessive nausea and vomiting, or high temperature), call your doctor.
  3. Call the local health department if the suspect food is a commercial product or was served at a large gathering, including a restaurant or a food service facility.
  4. Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) if the suspect food is a USDA-inspected product, and you have all the packaging.
  5. Contact our Orange County food poisoning attorneys. We have years of experience holding restaurants and hotel chains accountable for serving poor quality food.

How Much Is Your Foodborne Illness Case Worth?

Each foodborne illness case is unique. The amount of compensation will depend on the facts of your case. These types of compensation are available in food poisoning cases:

  • Medical costs related to your illness. Food poisoning can be catastrophic and lead to massive hospital bills. Foodborne pathogens can require expensive drugs, the use of life-support machines, and specialized doctors. A food poisoning claim may include the cost of treating your illness and the cost of related medical care that you may need in the future.
  • Emotional distress. Because of the serious nature of a foodborne illness and the risk that it poses to your life, many people who have been injured experience lasting emotional harm.
  • Pain and suffering. Food poisoning can leave people with long-term pain and lasting damage. As part of a foodborne illness case, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.
  • Lost wages and damage to future earnings. An illness can prevent you from working and supporting your family. A food poisoning claim may include compensation for the work you have missed and the damage that your career may suffer in the future.
  • Punitive damages. Although punitive damages are rare, they may be available in cases where someone tried to harm you, or if that person acted recklessly. As part of a foodborne illness case, a judge may impose these damages.
  • Wrongful death. The sad fact is that a foodborne pathogen can take the lives of our loved ones. A wrongful death claim may include these types of compensation:
    • Loss of companionship, care, and support.
    • Loss of financial support that your loved one contributed.
    • Funeral and burial costs.
    • Loss of guidance provided by your loved one.
    • The value of household services.
    • Loss of consortium.

Time Limit for Filing a Food Poisoning Lawsuit in California

As a general rule, you have two years from the date that you became ill to file a food poisoning lawsuit in Orange County. If a loved one passed away because of a foodborne illness, you have two years from the date of the death.

If you are considering a food poisoning lawsuit, speak with our food poisoning lawyers in Orange County, CA, today.

The types of foodborne pathogens that can make you ill include:

  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Norovirus
  • Salmonellosis
  • Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens)
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Each case is unique, and every foodborne pathogen can affect you differently. However, symptoms of food poisoning include:

  • Abdominal pain, bloating and cramping
  • Fevers and sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea and discolored stools
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle pains and weakness

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek the medical care you need.

Treatment for Food Poisoning

Food poisoning can be challenging to treat. The two most common types of treatment are antibiotics and rehydration. Doctors and medical staff will work to eliminate harmful bacteria and restore a patient’s bodily fluids to a safe level.

How Our Orange County Food Poisoning Attorney Can Help You

A foodborne illness lawyer can help with your case by:

  • Investigating how you became ill and what caused it
  • Determining who should be held responsible
  • Talking with you, answering your questions, and keeping you updated on your case
  • Negotiating any potential settlement with insurers and those responsible for your injuries
  • Fighting for you and your compensation in court, if necessary

Talk with an Orange County Foodborne Illness Lawyer Today

If you have suffered from a foodborne illness in Orange County, contact Silverthorne Attorneys today. Whether you have suffered from food poisoning or you have lost a loved one, our team is ready to help. We will provide the experience, care and attention that you deserve. After your injury, we will take on the burden of your legal case, allowing you to focus on your healing.

Call us today or use our online contact form.

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