Our Michigan food poisoning lawyers handle cases involving the E coli virus. These include cases involving a single victim of food poisoning and widespread outbreaks from a restaurant or other food seller.
The damages and injuries from E Coli food poisoning can be severe and require significant medical treatment and expenses.
What is E. coli food poisoning?
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is the name of a germ, or bacterium, that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals.
There are many types of E. coli, and most of them are harmless. But some E. coli can cause severe illness, including cramps and bloody diarrhea. Many people with E. coli food poisoning require hopsitalization and major medical treatment.
Some strains of E. coli bacteria (such as a strain called O157:H7) may also cause severe anemia or kidney failure. Other strains of E. coli can cause urinary tract infections or other infections.
Some kinds of E. coli cause disease by producing Shiga toxin. The bacteria that make these toxins are called "Shiga toxin-producing" E. coli (STEC). The most commonly found STEC in the United States is E. coli O157:H7. The CDC estimates that 265,000 STEC infections occur each year in the United States. E. coli O157:H7 causes over 36% of these infections. Some E. coli infections are mild, but others can be life-threatening.
In certain people, especially the elderly, the damage to the kidneys can shut down renal function completely or other organ failure. In serious cases, this can can lead to death. Prompt medical attention and treatment are essential for avoiding permanent injury or death.
How does a Person get E. coli Food Poisoning?
E. coli can get into meat during processing stage. If the infected meat is not cooked at the necessary temperature of 160°F (71°C), the bacteria can survive. A person eating the food can then get infected by the bacteria. This is the most common way people in the United States become infected with E. coli. Also, other food that has been in contact with raw meat can also become infected with E. coli.
In addition to improperly cooked meat, othre foods that can be infected with E. coli include:
- Raw milk or dairy products that are not pasteurized. These are foods that have not been "pasteurized," or heated, to destroy bacteria..
- Raw fruits and vegetables, such as lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, or unpasteurized apple cider or other unpasteurized juices that have come in contact with infected animal feces.
Can I File an E. coli Food Poisoning Lawsuit?
You may be able to file an E. coli food poisoning lawsuit if you were infected from food eaten at a restaurant, banquet hall, cruise ship, or anywhere else where you were served food infected by the virus. You can also file a lawsuit if you purchased food from a grocery store or market that had the E. coli virus. Business are required to carefully cook food at the appropriate temperature before selling it or serving it to the public. A business that sells a contaminated product, like lettuce, can also be sued by a person harmed by the bacteria.
What is the Compensation in an E. coli Food Poisoning Lawsuit?
A person injured or harmed by food poisoning bacteria is entitled to several types of compensation. These include payment for pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and other non-economic type claims. Other claims include payment of medical expenses and lost wages.
In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek settlements for the conscious pain and suffering of the poisoned victim from the time of the consumption of the food until death, loss of society and companionship of the family members, medical expenses, and funeral expenses.
Statute of Limitations For Michigan Food Poisoning Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for Michigan food poisoning cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the poisoning. It is important that you hire a food poisoning lawyer as soon as possible so that your claim is not destroyed due to a missed deadline.
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- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
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Contact Our Michigan Food Poisoning Lawyers
If you or someone that you care about suffered injuries due to E. colil food poisoning, should contact the Michigan food poisoning lawyers of Buckfire and Buckfire, P.C. immediately so that we can start the investigation of your case. Call us now at (888) 797-8787 to speak with one of our attorneys about your case and learn your legal rights.