Salmonella and other bacterial diseases infect over one hundred thousand Americans each year and kill approximately thirty. Within the past year, many different food products have been recalled due to a contamination of one of these bacterium. Plenty of these products have been located in Pennsylvania. Though companies try to recall their infected products as soon as possible, sometimes consumers have already been affected and are very sick. If this happens, you should see a doctor for your symptoms and see what you can do about receiving compensation.
It is important to remember that just because a product has been recalled, that does not mean you will get sick if you have purchased the product. Even if you have been exposed to or ingested a recalled item you may not get sick. However, if you do get sick, you may be entitled to compensation. You must be able to show fault, causation and damages. To show that a company is at fault, it must be proven that they produced a flawed or defective product. In many situations, companies fail to comply with food safety regulations and standards. To show causation you must be able to show that your sickness is in fact a bacterial disease, such as Salmonella, and that it came from the company's product. Lastly, showing damages involves proving that your sickness caused some sort of physical, financial and/or emotional harm.
During the Salmonella outbreak in 2008, simple food items such as tomatoes and peanut butter were contaminated. In the winter of the same year, Shirley Mae Almer, a 72-year old from Minnesota, was living in a nursing home while recovering from lung cancer surgery and radiation therapy for a brain tumor. Her family was planning to bring her home, however she died before they could. The cause was contaminated peanut butter. Her family, along with one hundred other victims and eight other families of people who died from Salmonella, sued the Peanut Corp. of America. They shared $12 million settlement.
It's important to remain updated on recalled items, especially related to food. However, if you ingest food that has been recalled you should call your doctor immediately. You may be able to avoid some suffering the quicker you get help. Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes are two of the most common and dangerous food borne pathogens. They particularly target pregnant women and adults with weak immune systems. They can cause fever, nausea, diarrhea and muscle aches. The infection can also spread to your nervous system, which causes headaches and stiff necks.
If you ever come down with an illness related to recalled food items, don't hesitate to call our experienced lawyers at White and Williams. We serve victims in all areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and always offer a free consultation. 1-877-944-8396.