According to the CDC, foodborne pathogens result in nearly 50 million illnesses, 130,000 hospitalizations, and up to 5000 deaths a year.
If you suffered food poisoning as a result of a food-borne bacterium or other contaminant, you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more from the persons who are liable in your case. When you suffer food poisoning, it’s important to identify the source of the food poisoning so that everyone responsible for causing the contamination or passing it on can be held responsible.
Common Foodborne Pathogens
According to the CDC, the following are the most common foodborne pathogens resulting in hospitalization or death:
These five pathogens result in nearly 90% of all foodborne illness related deaths, and, with E. coli, account for 90% of hospitalizations as well.
Everyone in the Distribution Chain Shares Liability
Food poisoning cases are a type of product liability case. In product liability cases, everyone who sells a product has a responsibility to ensure the safety of that product. As each person in the food distribution passes on the contamination, they share liability for the dangerous product. Depending on the source of contamination, persons and entities liable may include:
- Farmers and ranchers
- Primary processors (such as a slaughterhouse)
- Packagers and repackagers
- Wholesalers and retailers
We have the experience to trace your illness to its source and hold all persons responsible for their role in making you sick.