Food Illnesses

All of us have gotten sick on occasion from the flu or some other malady. Sometimes, however,
the illnesses people suffer from are the result of food poisoning.

Food poisoning occurs when a person becomes ill as a result of eating bacteria or other toxins
contained in food. Food poisoning is common throughout the United States.

Generally, food poisoning causes some combination of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that may
or may not be bloody, sometimes with other symptoms.

After eating tainted food, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, can start as early as one
hour in the case of staph and as late as 10 days later. Symptoms can last from one day up to a
couple of months or longer, depending on the type of infection. Sometimes, in the worst cases,
severe injury or death may result from food poisoning.

More than 250 different pathogens can cause food poisoning. Some of the most common
diseases are infections caused by bacteria, such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli
O157:H7, Listeria, Botulism, and Norovirus.

If you believe you or someone you love has experienced food poisoning, its important to have
your doctor test you to determine if you are suffering as a result of one of the pathogens noted
above. If you are not sure, you can simply ask your doctor for additional testing and most
physicians will gladly help you determine the exact strain of food poisoning that is causing your
symptoms.

Sometimes people can get sick from eating bacteria laden food from a restaurant. In those
instances, both the restaurant and the manufacturer of the food may be responsible for the costs
and damages associated with illnesses.

Other times, people get sick from eating food they bought at the store and prepared at home.
Unfortunately, manufacturers of food do not always have enough safety precautions in place to
prevent bacteria from getting into prepackaged food. As an example, recently the attorneys at the
Berry Law Firm helped consumers who experienced food poisoning as a result of eating salad
packaged by Dole Food Company and purchased at the local grocery store.

People who suffer serious personal injury, hospitalization, or even death due to food poisoning
may be able to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

Regardless of how you have sustained food poisoning, contact the attorneys at the Berry Law
Firm for a free consultation to determine whether you can recover monetary damages.