Food Borne Illness
f you are one of the 53,000 people sickened each year by food poisoning you already know how seriously ill you can become after eating tainted food. Food-borne illness and food poisoning can make you sick for days, put you in the hospital, and sometimes, it is even fatal.
The Baltimore Law Office of David B. Shapiro has experience handling food poisoning cases.
If you, or someone you care about, are the victim of injury from a food-borne illness, you need a Baltimore attorney who understands food poisoning cases.
Our law firm has experience representing the victims of national and local outbreaks due to tainted food in the State of Maryland and throughout the USA. In the past we’ve been able to help the Hepatitis victims of Chi Chi’s Pizza in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Whatever the food-borne illness, the Law Office of David B. Shapiro will help you fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Types of Food Poisoning:
- E. coli
- Campylobacter Jejuni
- Listeria Monocytogenes
Most food-borne illness happens due to a series of errors leading to contamination. Restaurants and grocery stores are subject to a strict set of guidelines set by the FDA in regards to food preparation and storage and properly maintaining equipment and facilities such as refrigerators, freezers, deli cases, prep areas, condiment stations and restrooms. It is impossible for the average consumer to know all of these regulations and requirements and that’s where Baltimore attorney David B. Shapiro can step in. Be aware of the state of the restaurant or store you are visiting. Questions to ask yourself are:
- Did the food have a “funny” or “odd” smell?
- Was the store/restaurant clean? Were the surfaces of tables, floors, counters sanitary?
- Were the employees dressed properly and sanitary? Hairnets, aprons, gloves, clean hands, etc.
- Were there signs of animal or insect droppings?
- Was the food served at the proper temperature?
- Did the store/restaurant have all foodservice required signage and placards visible? (i.e. Employees please wash hands before returning to work)
These are very important things for the consumer to notice when they are out shopping or dining. The main culprit for food-borne illness is the improper storage of foods (i.e. storing raw and cooked foods at the correct temperatures), and cross-contamination of food preparation surfaces. These are things the average consumer will usually not have access to in a grocery store or restaurant, however the overall state of the dining areas and employees can be a dead giveaway for an establishment that is not following proper regulations. There are many other regulations a store or restaurant must adhere to that are usually unknown to the layperson, but the experts at the Baltimore Law Offices of David B. Shapiro have got you covered! .
If you or someone close to you has been injured in Baltimore due to a food-borne illness, you should try to preserve the evidence if at all possible. These items are important in proving your case. Food Poisoning cases can be very complex and expensive to prosecute so you need an experienced food-borne illness lawyer on your side. Call the Law Offices of David B. Shapiro now at 410-576-9100. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be field before the statue of limitations expires.