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Food Poisoning Claims and Lawsuits

By Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C.  Oct. 22, 2013 11:07a

Food poisoning incidents have become more and more prominent in this country. Frequent stories about contaminated food products have become the subject of news media reports. Unfortunately, the safety of the food we eat, from fruits and vegetables to poultry and meat as well as food sold in restaurants, has become a very real and serious subject. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million people got sick in 2011 in the U.S. from foodborne illness and / or food poisoning. That translates to one in six Americans. 128,000 people required hospitalization due to this and 3,000 actually died as a result. In many cases, those who are harmed in this way from contaminated food or drink take legal action against the manufacturers responsible.

Two recent examples of food poisoning lawsuits include a suit against Chobani Greek Yogurt in Los Angeles and a class action lawsuit against Townsend Foods over a mixed berry product that was linked to hepatitis A contamination in Portland, Oregon. The suit against Chobani was filed after their products were recalled due to a mold contamination and reports of illness from consumers. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff has alleged that Chobani failed to inform consumers what strain of mold consumers were exposed to from the products, citing evidence from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that certain molds can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and illness.

The suit against Townsend Foods involved a frozen product which caused 161 people across eight states to become ill. The product was removed from store shelves in May of this year after the CDC announced that it contained a Hepatitis A contamination. The CDC reported that 70 people were hospitalized with the disease after consuming the product.

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Those who are harmed by negligent manufacturers, as in the cases above, often have grounds for an injury claim seeking monetary damages. These claimants often have medical expenses, loss of income, and other damages and losses for which they deserve legal compensation. These types of cases may be very difficult and complex as the individuals involved are making their claims against large corporations who often have their own legal teams to protect them. That is why it is necessary to level the playing field with legal representation from an experienced personal injury firm representing those who have been victimized by the negligence of others.

Doran & Cawthorne, PLLC is a personal injury and wrongful death firm serving clients in Lafayette as well as New Orleans that has more than 24 years of experience. These legal professionals have the knowhow, skill set, and dedication needed to help you get the case results you need and want. They represent clients in all types of injury cases, from those caused by car accidents to defective products, dangerous drugs, food poisoning, drowning accidents, railroad accidents, and more. This is a firm whose attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers and who have earned an "Excellent" rating by Avvo. If you have a potential injury claim, contact the firm to talk to an experienced lawyer about your case or fill out a free case evaluation form at their website as soon as possible.

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