New York City Food Poisoning Injury Attorneys
Every year, one in six Americans will get food poisoning. This is a reality thousands of New Yorkers will face. Fortunately, compensation might be available. If you have food poisoning, Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. can help you understand your rights and fight to secure the financial award you deserve. Our NYC food poisoning lawyers offer a free consultation, so give our law office a call to schedule yours today.
Why Should I Call Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. If I’ve Contracted a Foodborne Illness in NYC?
Don’t underestimate the impact a foodborne illness can have on your life. In the short-term, you might experience nausea, vomiting, and cramps. More serious cases of food poisoning can put you at risk of dehydration, infection, and even death. Sadly, food poisoning typically happens because someone is negligent in the processing, handling, or preparation of food. As a result, the food becomes contaminated, putting your health in jeopardy. Whoever is responsible for your foodborne illness must be held fully accountable.
A lot of different people might have handled your food before it ended up on your plate. As a result, it can be challenging to determine when the food was contaminated and who is to blame. Once you do identify the negligent party, you should expect for them to make it as difficult as possible if you to get the money you deserve. Fortunately, Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will handle your personal injury case from start to finish and work tirelessly to get you the results you need.
Our NYC personal injury lawyers have more than 200 years of combined experience. We get results for our clients through determination, perseverance, and hard work. In fact, we’ve recovered more than $1 Billion on their behalves. If you are suffering from a foodborne illness and someone else is to blame, we’ll fight for you, too.
Among other things, we will:
- Determine which food made you sick, identify when it was mishandled, and establish who is to blame
- Stand up to at-fault parties and insurance companies when they try to deny responsibility or offer a lowball settlement
- Bring in experts to help us as we assess the strength and value of your case
- Find out if there are any other cases of food poisoning like yours, which can help to establish causation
- Take your food poisoning case to a jury, if necessary.
We want you to focus on getting better. So, we’ll handle the ins-and-outs of your case so that you can have the opportunity to recover. All you have to do is give our NYC food poisoning lawyers a call to schedule a free initial case assessment and learn more.
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning refers to an illness that develops after you consume food or drinks that have been contaminated with foodborne bacteria, viruses, parasites, or other infectious organisms. Contamination can occur at any time – when it’s harvested, manufactured, processed, transported, stored, or prepared.
Leading causes of contamination include:
- Storing food at a temperature that’s too warm (e.g., leaving cheese, meat, or dairy products out on the counter, rather than in a refrigerator);
- Cross-contamination (e.g., preparing lettuce or vegetables on a surface that was also used to prepare raw meat); and
- Failing to heat foods to a temperature necessary to kill off harmful organisms.
Contamination is often the result of negligence. When someone is negligent in the handling or preparation of your food, you might be able to hold them financially responsible for your foodborne illness.
We Handle All Food Poisoning Cases in NYC
Food poisoning is a broad term that refers to a lot of different types of foodborne illnesses. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. represents clients who have suffered food poisoning after exposure to:
- Hepatitis A
- Clostridium perfringens
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Campylobacter, and
- Giardia lamblia.
Do not hesitate to call our NYC foodborne illness injury lawyers if you need help. Our team will gladly listen to your story, provide an overview of your rights, and help you determine the best course of legal action.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning?
If you’ve consumed contaminated food, you might begin to experience symptoms of food poisoning within a few minutes. Other times, signs of a foodborne illness might not develop for a few hours or days. In any event, symptoms often include:
- Appetite loss
- Dry mouth
- Bloody urine
- Not urinating
- Speech impairment, and
- Difficulty seeing.
It is important to seek medical attention if you notice the signs of food poisoning. Prompt medical care can help to ensure that your illness does not get worse and limit the likelihood of dangerous complications.
How Is Food Poisoning Treated?
Food poisoning can last for several days. During this time, it’s important to ensure that you remain hydrated. Dehydration is incredibly dangerous, causing low blood pressure, dizziness, seizures, kidney failure, and even death.
So, hydration is often the primary treatment for the symptoms of food poisoning.
Sports drinks loaded with electrolytes, such as Gatorade or Powerade, can help with that. Coconut water can offer a more natural solution for staying hydrated.
For severe cases of food poisoning, you might need to receive IV fluids.
At the same time, it’s important to avoid food and beverages that accelerate dehydration, such as caffeine and alcohol, as well as things that might aggravate your stomach and intestines.
Liability For Food Poisoning in NYC
According to the NYC Department of Health, there are thousands of cases of food poisoning in the city every year. Under state law, you can potentially recover comepnsation form anyone who might have mishandled your food and caused you to get hurt. This could include:
- Grocery stores
- Food prep workers
- Chefs and cooks, and
- Restaurant owners.
Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will carefully investigate the origins of your food poisoning case. We’ll figure out what food made you sick (if you don’t already know), identify when it was contaminated, and determine who is responsible for mishandling it. We will also reach out to city health officials to establish if there are any other reported cases of foodborne illness similar to yours. If there are other cases that stem from the same food or restaurant, it can be helpful in securing a financial award on your behalf.
Damages Available in NYC Foodborne Illness Cases
If you’ve suffered from a foodborne illness in NYC, you might be entitled to compensation for your pain, injuries, and suffering. Our experienced legal team will demand all available damages, which could include money for:
- Hospitalization, treatment, and related medical expenses
- Lost wages and income while you recover
- Disability, if your foodborne illness is particularly severe
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, and more.
Sadly, food poisoning can be deadly. Every year, foodborne illnesses cause thousands of deaths across the country. While these are most prevalent in children, pregnant women, and the elderly, anyone can potentially be at risk. If you’ve lost a loved one to a foodborne illness that could have been avoided, our team can help you pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. If successful, you could recover compensation for funeral and burial costs, lost financial support, and more.
Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning Lawsuits in NYC, New York
There are two ways to potentially recover compensation if you’ve come down with a case of food poisoning. First, you could file a claim for benefits with an at-fault party’s insurance company. If you choose this route, you’ll have to act quickly. Most insurers require that claims are submitted within a reasonable period of time after an injury occurs. The specifics vary, depending on which company is involved.
You might also have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. New York state provides that these lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of your injury. You could have more or less time, depending on the specifics of your case.
You’ll lose the right to recover compensation if you don’t act on time. So, it’s best to make sure that you call a qualified NYC personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after you get sick.
Let Our NYC Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers Help You
Have you gotten sick after eating out at a restaurant in New York City? Did the food you bought at a grocery store in the city cause a foodborne illness? If so, Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. might be able to help you recover compensation. Give our NYC personal injury attorneys a call today to set up a free consultation. We represent clients in and around NYC, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester County.