Our Chicago personal injury attorneys know that injuries caused by infected food can have a devastating effect. The indications and types of foodborne illnesses vary based on the source of infection, but victims of these diseases may suffer from nausea, cramping, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In more serious cases, the pathogens can lead to dehydration, weakness, or even death.
Corporations who manufacture and market food have a responsibility to ensure that foods they produce are safe for human consumption. When companies fail to do this and customers are sickened by disease-ridden food, those companies may be held legally responsible for medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, and other types of damages caused by the injuries. These situations may give rise to Illinois food poisoning lawsuits.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year roughly 48 million people are sickened by a foodborne illness. Even worse, over 125,000 people require hospitalization and 3,000 die after consuming contaminated foods either from restaurants, or purchased from retail stores. Groups at highest risk for serious injuries associated with food poisoning include older people, infants, and people suffering from chronic illnessed.
One of the FDA’s latest recalls includes cilantro, an herb cultivated from the leaves of the coriander plant. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pacific International Marketing is recalling 6,141 cartons of cilantro after a sample of the herb tested positive or Salmonella.
Salmonella is a form of bacteria generally found in cold- and warm-blooded animals; infections usually arise following consumption of foods contaminated with the bacteria. Salmonella contamination can arise from a number of sources, but commonly comes from infected food, poor kitchen hygiene, bodily fluids from sick individuals, and polluted water.
It is particularly fascinating that cilantro is the latest food to be affected by a Salmonella outbreak, as a 2004 article in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemicals stated that products derived from coriander leaves were found to have antibacterial properties against Salmonella.
A doctor would be able to determine if individual has been sickened by Salmonella, but typical signs of Salmonella poisoning otherwise generally present in the form of diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within six to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food. In more serious cases, victims may develop symptoms such as headaches, nausea and vomiting that can last up to a week.
To date, no illnesses have yet been reported from the contaminated cilantro, but the cilantro was distributed to a number of states across the country. If customers do fall ill from having eaten the herb, Pacific International Marketing could potentially be subject to a Chicago personal injury lawsuit.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling cases involving foodborne illnesses. In fact, our attorneys won a $4 million settlement awarded to three attendees at a national convention who contracted salmonella poisoning, leading to crippling arthritic injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of having eaten contaminated food, seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, a personal injury attorney may be able to advise you of your rights under the law; you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.