If You’ve Been the Victim of Food Poisoning, Consider Hiring a New York Food Poisoning Lawyer

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

If you’ve been made ill by spoiled or improperly processed food, you know that this can be a significantly unpleasant experience. Although most food poisoning cases are relatively mild and relatively easy to recover from, there are some cases where you can become seriously ill, particularly if you belong to a high-risk group.  These groups include very young children, those who are elderly and individuals with a weakened immune system.  In some cases, pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from food poisoning.

Food poisoning can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common for manufacturers is that foods are improperly prepared, processed, or distributed. Produce, for example, can easily become contaminated with E coli, salmonella, or shigella. Meat and eggs are also easily contaminated. If food is cooked and then left unrefrigerated for more than a couple of hours, that invites bacteria to grow and can cause illness. If you’re made ill by a manufacturer’s or food handler’s improper handling of food, you may be eligible for damages; hire a New York food poisoning lawyer to represent you in your case for the best outcome possible.

Food preparers and manufacturers are bound by law to follow certain procedures that ensure the food is protected every step of the way so that contamination does not occur. Whether the organization responsible is a restaurant, farm, factory, or other entity, you may have a case for a New York food poisoning lawyer if you’ve been made ill and can pinpoint the source.

Most often, these organizations ignore one or more steps along the continuum that are meant to ensure food stays safe and sanitary. When these procedures are ignored, contamination can occur; whether through bacterial growth or the introduction of viruses, parasites, and other contamination causing the illness, results can be very serious, even resulting in death or permanent injury.

If you’ve been the victim of food poisoning, contact a New York food poisoning lawyer immediately. He or she will review your case at no charge, and then will accept it if it has merit.

To successfully claim food poisoning injuries that result in a jury award or settlement in your favor, you must:

* Prove fault, in that the defendant did something wrong with flat pricing, storage and handling, or preparation.

* Show causation, in that the defendant was responsible for the food’s contamination, and that further, the contamination caused the illness.

* You must also be able to prove damages, which are the losses you, the victim, suffered because you consumed contaminated food.

Your New York Food poisoning lawyer will make sure your case has the relevant facts it needs to be supported in court, and then will help you obtain compensation for your pain, suffering, lost wages, medical expenses as a result of the food poisoning lawyer, and perhaps compensation for lasting injury.

Ready Pac Foods Recalls Bagged Salad Due to Potential E. Coli Contamination

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

On November 18th, the FDA announced that Ready Pac Foods Inc. of Irwindale, CA was recalling bagged salad products that included Romain lettuce as the primary ingredient.  In total, 5,379 bags of the salad products were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7.  All of the products included in the recall have a use-by date of November 18, 2011.

The bagged salad products were distributed to 15 states including California, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Nebraska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.  As of November 18th there were no other Ready Pac products included in the recall.  So far there have been no illnesses reported in relation to these products.  Ready Pac voluntarily recalled these products after it was reported to the company by the FDA that a single random sample tested positive for E. Coli.

Products included in the recall:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION & UPC#

10oz. Ready Pac Caesar Romaine 0-77745-00202-6
9.25oz Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad 0-77745-21404-7
10oz. Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad 0-77745-20566-3
10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine 0-77745-21407-8
10oz. Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit 0-11225-02530-3
10oz. Raley’s Caesar Romaine 0-46567-71642-8
10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad 0013-2145
16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad 0020-7225
10oz. Safeway Farms Caesar Romaine 0-21130-98350-6
9oz. Safeway Farms Hearts of Romaine 0-21130-98358-2
10oz. Safeway Farms Complete Caesar Supreme 0-21130-33677-7
10.25oz Safeway Farms Complete Southwestern Ranch 0-21130-33679-1

The FDA recommends that consumers who may still have the bagged salads dispose of them immediately; UPC codes can be found on the back side of the bags.  Consumers who have purchased the products can request a full refund by contacting the Ready Pac Consumer Affairs representative between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday at 800-800-7822.

As experienced New York food poisoning attorneys, we know that while most healthy individuals experience only minor symptoms that last a few days, some individuals are at an increased risk of serious or even life-threatening complications.  Those individuals include the very young, elderly or those with a weakened immune system.  A serious complication of E. Coli food poisoning is HUS or Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a disease that poses a substantial threat to children and affects the kidneys as well as other organs.

If you have become ill after consuming foods tainted with E. Coli or other foodborne pathogens, you may be entitled to compensation of costs related to your illness.  Contact a New York injury attorney at Brown Chiari today for a free evaluation of your claim.