Florida’s food system is a strict collaboration between multiple municipal, state, and federal departments of government. They are responsible for setting guidelines and ensuring that manufacturers, distributors, and food handlers adhere to them.
But inspectors cannot be everywhere at all times. Occasionally, the negligence of people in the food industry leads to product contamination that can cause severe illness among consumers. When that happens, victims need an Orlando personal injury lawyer to fight for their rights.
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning is a term used to describe sickness derived from the consumption of contaminated food items. A contaminant is often thought of as harmful bacteria, which is most often the culprit behind foodborne illness. However, other organisms can cause food poisoning too, including parasites, viruses, molds, and toxins.
Symptoms may vary depending on the type of contaminant consumed; but they often include days of painful abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. In severe cases, food poisoning has led to hospitalization, long term health complications, and even death.
The most common cause of food poisoning in the U.S. is salmonella. Other common contaminants include the norovirus, E. coli, and listeria. These organisms often make it into the food supply due to irresponsible food handling, storage, and preparation practices.
If you or someone you know has developed the symptoms of food poisoning after eating in a restaurant or consuming a recalled food product, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side. Contact the office of Todd Miner Law today for a free case evaluation. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.