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 home workers)
- 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 their customers.
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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.