Food poisoning affects millions of people every year; often people do not
even realize it and assume that their symptoms are caused by the flu or
a stomach virus. Some cases, though, are much more severe. According to
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3 million
Americans experience severe food poisoning requiring hospitalization every year.
One of the most dangerous diseases spread by improperly prepared food is
Escherichia coli, commonly known as E. coli. Orlando personal injury attorney
Todd Miner has handled cases where negligence was shown to be a determining
factor in the spread of E. coli infections.
Although anyone can be affected by E. coli, small children, senior citizens,
and those with compromised immune systems are more prone to life-threatening
complications from this illness. If you or a member of your family has
suffered from a severe E. coli infection due to the negligence of a restaurant,
Todd Miner Law will advocate for your rights.
The Spread of E. coli
Most strains of E. coli are harmless, and some even assist with the process
of digesting food. Certain strains, however, have variations that make
them highly toxic to humans. The most common cause of harmful E. coli
infections is a strain known as E. coli 0157:H7. E. coli bacteria generally
live within mammals’ digestive tracts and can be spread by contact
with fecal matter from infected animals.
E. coli contamination of food can be caused by:
- Improper hygiene among food industry workers (as well as day care and nursing
- Inadequate safeguards in farms, slaughterhouses, and food processing plants
- Undercooked meat, particularly red meat
- Poor waste management, which can potentially contaminate water supplies
- Incorrect food storage or preparation
Unexpected medical expenses and other trauma can result from this serious
condition. If it can be proved that a restaurant was negligent, whether
willfully or not, Todd Miner Law can seek financial compensation for your
medical expenses; lost wages and emotional distress.
Toxic E. coli strains cause severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, sometimes
with fever and/or nausea. If victims do not receive prompt and comprehensive
medical treatment, they can suffer from dehydration, kidney failure, and
even death. Food industry workers and employers have a very important
responsibility to recognize the risks of E. coli infection and protect
Contact Todd Miner Law for a Free Case Review
If you or a member of your family has become ill due to a business’s
negligence, we will fight for the full compensation you deserve. Contact
an Orlando personal injury attorney at Todd Miner Law today to
schedule a free initial consultation.