Utah Food Poisoning Attorney with Foodborne Illness Litigation Experience
Food poisoning causes an estimated 76 million cases of human illness in the United States each year. These illnesses can be much more serious than a simple upset stomach and flu-like symptoms. In fact, five thousand (5,000) people die and more than 325,000 people are hospitalized annually as a result of food poisoning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mr. Faerber has served as local co-counsel on several high-profile E. coli cases springing from the North Ogden Wendy’s E. coli outbreak, and the recent E. coli spinach outbreak associated with Dole brand products. These claims resulted in very substantial confidential settlements. Mr. Faerber has also successfully handled claims involving Salmonella poisoning, as well as other claims involving contaminated food products.
While there are many kinds of bacteria, parasites, and viruses which can cause foodborne illnesses, two of the most common bacteria culprits include E. coli and Salmonella. A detailed discussed of these bacteria follows.
E. coli Contamination
Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are a large group of bacteria. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick.
Some kinds of E. coli cause disease by making a toxin called Shiga toxin. The bacteria that make these toxins are called “Shiga toxin-producing” E. coli, or STEC for short. You might hear them called verocytotoxic E. coli (VTEC) or enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). The most commonly identified STEC in North America is E. coli O157:H7 (often shortened to E. coli O157 or even just “O157”). This is the strain primarily responsible for E. coli-related injury and death
In addition to E. coli O157, many other kinds (called serogroups) of STEC also cause disease. These other kinds are sometimes called “non-O157 STEC.” E. coli serogroups O26, O111, and O103 are the non-O157 serogroups that most often cause illness in people in the United States.
While many cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 food poisoning are a result of contaminated ground beef, other outbreaks have been linked to spinach, lettuce, pepperoni pizza, unpasteurized apple and orange juice and milk, and alfalfa sprouts.
The symptoms of E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.
Around 5–10% of those who are diagnosed with Shiga toxin producing E. coli infection develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Clues that a person is developing HUS include decreased frequency of urination, feeling very tired, and losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids. Persons with HUS should be hospitalized because their kidneys may stop working and they may develop other serious problems. Many people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Future Medical Expenses
Economic damages for HUS patients include amounts for future medical expenses and the related future pain and suffering. Long after the acute phase of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), patients can suffer from multiple medical problems. The University of Utah conducted a study which was reported by the Associated Press:
Ten to 20 years after they recover, up to half of HUS survivors will have some kidney-caused problem, said Dr. Andrew Pavia, the university's pediatric infectious diseases chief. That includes failing kidneys, high blood pressure caused by scarred kidneys, even end-stage kidney failure that requires dialysis. . .
If you or your child has HUS, you need a local Salt Lake City, Utah E. coli lawyer with experience in these types of claims and whounderstands the need for compensation for future medical expenses and pain and suffering.
What is Salmonella?
The term Salmonella actually refers to a group of bacteria, many of which cause diarrheal illness in humans. There are different kinds of Salmonella bacteria. The illness caused by Salmonella Enteritidis, which is common in the U.S., is called Salmonellosis.
The most common source of Salmonella poisoning is the feces of infected people or animals. People who come into contact with stool need only pick up a few of the Salmonella bacteria to become infected. Salmonella is found in many other environments as well, including uncooked meat, eggs, soil and water. The most important ways to prevent Salmonella poisoning are proper hygiene and proper cooking.
Many cases of Salmonella poisoning do not require treatment. In rare cases, Salmonella-induced diarrheal illness becomes severe enough to require hospitalization and can lead to various complications. Although very rare, some cases of Salmonellosis have led to the death of the infected individual.
Utah Salmonella Attorney with Food Poisoning Litigation Experience
If you or a loved one has become seriously ill due to Salmonella, Utah attorney Jared Faerber can help you. With his experience and understanding of food poisoning cases, he is equipped to give you the legal representation you need. Please contact The Faerber Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Other Foodborne Illnesses
The Faerber Law Firm also handles claims involving other types of foodborne illnesses such as hepatitis A, listeria, shigella, cryptosporidium, norovirus, and other types of food poisoning and contamination.
Many types of food poisoning have serious health effects which can last for months or even years. If you or a loved one have contracted a foodborne illness, speak to a Salt Lake City, Utah food poisoning lawyer at The Faerber Law Firm today. We have the specialized knowledge needed to resolve Utah food poisoning claims successfully.