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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food poisoning causes between 76 to 80+ million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and up to 9/000 deaths each year. Salmonella alone is one of the most common forms of food poisoning. Salmonella accounts for one billion dollars in medical costs and lost work time. A serious incident of food poisoning can leave a victim with significant medical expenses, lost wages and other problems.
Food poisoning occurs when food contaminated by bacteria, virus or parasite is consumed. Typically, food becomes contaminated with a microbial pathogen as a result of improper food processing, handling, preparation and/or storage.
Food poisoning is most commonly caused by:
- E. Coli (Escherichia coli)
- Hepatitis A
An incident of food poisoning can cause serious long-term health problems, and Alan Sackrin has seen victims who are still dealing with the consequences of food borne illnesses months and even years after the initial illness.
What Should You Do If You Suffer Food Poisoning?
A case of diarrhea that lasts over a day is an indicator of food poisoning, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If you suspect food poisoning, it is crucial to preserve a sample of the food from the supplier. Once the food source can be identified, the specific pathogen that caused your illness can be determined. If you go to the hospital, you should tell the people treating you to test your blood or stool sample for food borne pathogens. Most hospitals will not do this unless you specifically make the request.
In addition, keep a copy of the receipt, cancelled check or other proof of purchase from where you purchased the food product. If purchased in a store, the food packaging is also crucial to your claim. The store or restaurant probably will not inform you of other complaints of food poisoning, so call the health department to alert them of your concern.
Unsanitary restaurants, improper packaging, improper preparation and poor restaurant staff hygiene are only a few of the conditions that can cause food poisoning. Just like any other serious illness, food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, medical bills and missed work.
The effects of food poisoning can be serious and long lasting. Victims can experience kidney problems, paralysis, hepatitis, seizures and irritable bowel syndrome. The unfortunate thing is that in most cases, food poisoning is preventable.
Alan Sackrin is an experienced personal injury lawyer and he strives to help his clients obtain maximum recovery of damages for their food poisoning injuries. As a public service and for those who like to study numbers, Alan has prepared a summary of food poisoning statistics, compiled from State and Federal resources, to show how often food poisoning occurs in Broward County and throughout our State.
Alan handles food poisoning cases occurring at restaurants located in Hallandale, Hollywood, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Davie, North Miami Beach, Dania Beach and all other cities in Dade and Broward County since 1982.
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Since 1982, Alan Sackrin has represented clients throughout Florida in recovering monetary damages for their personal injury claims. Alan is a Board Certified Civil Trial Expert that strives to maximize the amount of compensation his clients’ receive for their food poisoning claim. Alan brings a high-level of skill and knowledge to his personal injury cases and he offers a free initial consultation.
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