Milwaukee Food Poisoning Lawyers
A Milwaukee food poisoning lawyer represents victims who have suffered from food and water illnesses due to the negligence of others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that are about 76 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States every year and that approximately 5,000 people die and 325,000 people are hospitalized because of foodborne illnesses annually. The Milwaukee food poisoning lawyers of Pasternak & Zirgibel understand that the consequences of foodborne illnesses are unique to each individual and family and we are committed to helping people recover from the significant effects of foodborne and water illnesses.
Common Types of Food and Water Illness Cases Handled by a Milwaukee Food Poisoning Lawyer
It is important to be aware of the symptoms and causes of the following conditions so that you can immediately report any occurrences to your physician and to your Wisconsin food poisoning attorney. The most common conditions involved in Milwaukee foodborne illness law include:
- E. Coli (Escherichia coli) Strain O157:H7: this E. Coli strain may be found in your food or water. It is a type of infection that may result in bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and renal failure. Many types of foods and drink may contain E. Coli including beef, greens and unpasteurized milks or juices.
- Campylobacter: campylobacter is a bacteria found in birds including chicken, turkey and other kinds of poultry. Most raw poultry contains campylobacter and eating undercooked poultry or food that has been contaminated by raw poultry can result in an infection. The most common symptoms of this type of food illness include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
- Salmonella: salmonella is also a type of bacteria found in birds, as well as some types of reptiles and mammals. A person who consumes undercooked or raw meat may develop salmonellosis from this bacterium. The symptoms of salmonellosis include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
- Calicivirus or Norwalk-like Virus: this type of virus is usually spread from person to person. A person who prepares or food or harvests your seafood, for example, could have this kind of virus on their hands and transmit it to you on your food. The symptoms of this virus usually include acute gastrointestinal illness including vomiting.
Any of these illnesses, or other food and water illnesses, can be life threatening. If you believe that a loved one died from a food or water illness then it is imperative that you order an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A Wisconsin Foodborne Illness Lawyer Can Help Victims Recover Damages
If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed by a foodborne or water illness then it is important to contact a Wisconsin foodborne illness lawyer as soon as possible. Generally, you have three years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit related to a foodborne illness. However, it is important to contact a Milwaukee food poison lawyer as soon as possible so that critical evidence can be preserved for your case.
If you and your Milwaukee food poison lawyer decide to file a lawsuit then the potential defendants include anyone within the chain of production of the food which caused your illness such as the farmer, harvester, processing plant, distributor or restaurant owner.
The cause of action against any of these defendants would be negligence or wrongful death. In order to recover damages in a lawsuit, you and your Wisconsin food poison lawyer will need to prove that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant breached its duty of care by failing to act like a reasonable person would have acted given the circumstances. For example, your attorney may present evidence that the farmer or harvester did not comply with FDA regulations, that the processing plant or distributor failed to keep the food at the required temperature or that the restaurant failed to cook the meat thoroughly;
- The defendant’s breach of its duty of care caused your injuries which would not have happened but for the defendant’s actions or inactions; and
- You are entitled to damages as a matter of law.
Damages may include compensation for past and future medical bills, funeral costs, lost income and pain and suffering.
Contact Pasternak & Zirgibel – Experienced Milwaukee Food Poisoning Lawyers
Tragically, many of the people most susceptible to significant illnesses and death from food poisoning include the very young and very old in our society. The compassionate Wisconsin food poisoning attorneys of Pasternak & Zirgibel understand the heartbreak and stress that your family is enduring as a result of a foodborne illness. We are committed to helping you through this difficult time.
Our firm of Milwaukee food poisoning attorneys represents clients throughout the state of Wisconsin including in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas such as Cudahy, West Allis, West Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Washington County, Racine County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and Ozaukee County.
We invite you to call us at (262) 785-0802 or to fill out our online contact form. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation at your convenience. Our firm is committed to representing those who have been harmed by Wisconsin foodborne and water illnesses and we will not collect a fee unless you recover damages.