Food Poisoning / Food Poisoning Attorney in Connecticut CT
A lot of people take food poisoning cases lightly, assuming it to be a minor inconvenience in day-to-day life. However, in making that judgement what they often forget is that food poisoning affects and kills more people annually in US than several major diseases. According to a report published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011, 48 million Americans get sick by foodborne illnesses every year, that's roughly one in every six person. That's not all, 128,000 of those people are hospitalized and 3,000 of them die due to eating contaminated or unhygienic food. The next time you or someone you know gets affected by food poisoning, think about those statistics for a moment.
Food poisoning is not an infectious disease which one comes into contact with randomly, neither is it something that one can predict and take precautionary measures against. Most of the times food poisoning isn't caused due to any fault of the person who is eating the food, but due to the negligence by the people whom we trust for sourcing or making our food like restaurants, food processing units or even farmers. If you or someone in your family living in Connecticut has experienced food poisoning, chances are that it was due to someone else's fault and in such a scenario, you must consult with a food poisoning lawyer in Connecticut immediately. At Sorrentino Legal, we take food poisoning cases very seriously and provide one of the best legal representations for food poisoning cases in the State of Connecticut CT.
What Causes Food Poisoning?
Although there have been cases where food poisoning occurred due to a foreign object like a piece of metal or glass fragment was found on or within a food product, most of the time food poisoning happens due to the presence of harmful bacteria or microbial pathogens in the food. According to CDC, the top five germs that cause illnesses from food consumed in United States are: Norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to these, there are germs like Clostridium botulinum (botulism), Listeria, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 and Vibrio, which don't cause as many illnesses, but when they do, it often leads to hospitalization. Regardless of which bacteria or foreign object caused food poisoning, you will need a competent food poisoning attorney in Connecticut to prove and fight your case because proving negligence in food poisoning cases is usually very difficult.
Proving a Food Poisoning Case in Connecticut
In cases involving liability for the sale, manufacture or serving of contaminated food, the onus of proof lies with the plaintiff(s). So, for having an actionable food poisoning claim in Connecticut one should be able to prove that:
- The defendant was engaged in production/manufacture/selling/serving of the food.
- The food was contaminated or unsafe to consume.
- It was the consumption of that contaminated or unsafe food that caused the injury for which one is seeking damages.
Our food poisoning attorney in Connecticut can help you in identifying if you have an actionable claim; just give us a call at (203) 518-8010.
Who Can Be Held Liable For Food Poisoning In Connecticut?
A food poisoning claim in Connecticut can involve many potential defendants, if those defendants (individuals or companies) were in any way involved in selling, serving, distributing, storing, producing or packaging of a recalled or unsafe food or beverage product. Generally, the parties against whom a food poisoning claim can be brought include:
- Companies or individuals whose negligence during farming/production/slaughtering/storage caused the food product to become contaminated.
- Packaging companies or bottlers who were negligent during packing or storing of the food product.
- Distributors or trucking companies who were negligent in refrigerating, storing or handling of the food product.
- Grocery stores, markets or any other retailer who were negligent in inspecting, storing or handling of the food product in a safe manner, including those who failed to timely remove from their shelves a food product they knew was contaminated or unsafe to consume.
- Owners of restaurants, cafes, food trucks, bakeries or franchisee outlets who were negligent in inspecting or storing raw food ingredients or those who demonstrated negligence in cooking or serving the food to consumer.
- Those employers who knew that that there employee was suffering from a communicable disease, but still allowed that employ to prepare or handle food products.
- Caterers, event organizers or hosts who served their guests/customers with contaminated food.
Apart from the above mentioned parties, there can be other individuals or companies who could be potential defendants in a food poisoning claim, but only a competent food poisoning attorney in Connecticut can help you in identifying if those individual or companies can be held liable or not.
Types of Food Poisoning Claims in Connecticut
Depending upon the circumstances, a food poisoning case in the State of Connecticut can fall into any of the three product liability claims-
- Negligence – These are claims in which the defendant (farmer, producer, butcher, grocery store, distributor etc.) demonstrated negligence.
- Strict Product Liability – These claims are usually brought against companies/processing units who were found to be not following strict safety guidelines.
- Breach of Warranty - There is an implied guarantee that the food product you are being sold will at least meet minimum safety standards. A claim can be brought in cases where this implied guarantee was breached.
If you or a loved one has recently experienced food poisoning and wants to consult a competent food poisoning lawyer, give us a call at (203) 518-8010. Don't worry, we don't charge anything for a consultation. We also take cases of consumers who have suffered food allergy reaction or those were injured by a foreign product in their food.