Fort Lauderdale Food Contamination Injury Attorney
Representing the legal rights of people who have sustained injury as a result of eating contaminated food
Fort Lauderdale is known around the world for its excellent selection of restaurants and celebrity chefs. In addition, many residents and visitors regularly dine at the various resorts, hotels, and cruise ships that can be found in the area. Dining out has become an integral part of our culture and usually is relaxing, enjoyable, and very often, delicious. Unfortunately, eating food that others prepare exposes diners to a risk of serious injury or illness. When ingested, improperly handled or prepared food can cause a variety of medical conditions, some of which could even be life-threatening. As a result, anyone who suspects that they have been injured by contaminated food should retain legal counsel as soon as possible.
Contaminated food can cause a variety of conditions
Food can be contaminated by chemicals, parasites, microbes, and fungi, all of which have the potential to make diners sick. Of course, the type of contamination will determine the exact type of illness or condition an unsuspecting diner develops. Some of the more common illness and conditions that arise after eating contaminated food include the following:
- coli infection – People who eat food contaminated with the Escherichia coli1 (commonly abbreviated E. coli) can make people violently ill. In severe cases, victims require hospitalization and intensive medical treatment. It is often caused by eating undercooked meat or contaminated produce.
- Listeriosis – Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food contaminated by a bacterium known as Listeria monocytogenes. These infections can be extremely serious and often affect pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, and back pain.
- Cryptosporidium infection – Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes an infection commonly referred to as “Crypto.” It is generally spread through contaminated water and is the among the most common causes of waterborne illness in the United States.
- Salmonellosis – Salmonellosis is the name of the infection caused by the Salmonella enterica2 It can be caused by eating foods that have contaminated with the bacteria, including undercooked beef, poultry, and eggs, as well as contaminated fruits and vegetables.
There are a variety of ways in which restaurant or food service staff can negligently cause contamination, including improper food storage, unsanitary conditions, failure to wash hands, coming to work while sick, or improper cooking techniques. An experienced attorney will be able to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case and determine whether any evidence of negligence exists.
Contact a Ft. Lauderdale food contamination injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
Food contamination injuries can be extremely serious and can affect nearly anyone. In some cases, victims may experience intense physical discomfort and may incur significant medical expenses. In many cases, the assistance of an experienced lawyer can help victims establish exactly what meal caused their injury, making it possible to hold the party responsible for their injuries legally responsible.
South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful food contamination injury claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.