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Robins Cloud is a unique law firm that is powerful enough to tackle your case, but still personal enough to care about you and your family’s well being. If you or a loved one has been injured due to food poisoning please contact us for a free consultation.

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It seems that every week brings another outbreak of dangerous Salmonella, Listeria, or E. coli food poisoning. Unfortunately, food poisoning is one of those “urban fears” that is real and worrisome. In fact, food poisoning is on the rise today due to a variety of factors involving the way our food is processed, shipped and sold.

Active Food Poisoning Cases

Food poisoning lawsuits are an important part of our mission, “Keeping It Safe.”

Romaine Lettuce E. coli
Tropic Fish Hawaii
Chicken and Rice Guys
I.M. Healthy Recall
Vulto Creamery
Dion's Deli

Selecting a Food Poisoning Attorney

While we understand how busy everyone is today, the truth is filing a food poisoning lawsuit is a very important part of keeping our food system safe. That’s because lawsuits play an important role in holding negligent corporations accountable and helps shape future legislature that affects food safety.

Time and time again, we’ve found that many top food manufacturers were fully aware of their potentially dangerous practices and yet choose to look the other way, endangering their customers’ lives.

Do you qualify for a Food Poisoning lawsuit?

Fill out the form below or call us at 866.517.9520 for a free consultation about your Food Poisoning case.

Tropic Fish Hawaii

On or about May 2, 2017, wholesale distributer Tropic Fish Hawai‘i, LLC announced the recall of its frozen ahi cubed tuna products. The company has confirmed that they have stopped distribution at this time, after routine testing showed Hepatitis A in the tested products.

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Chicken and Rice Guys

The popular Boston, Massachusetts Middle Eastern restaurant chain and fleet of food trucks, The Chicken & Rice Guys, has been suspended from selling food as of April 11, 2017. The fleet serves Middle Eastern fare, including gyros, Halal Chicken, and obviously rice in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area at a variety of rotating sites.

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I.M. Healthy Recall

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and various local state health departments, confirmed a link of mystery illnesses to one common source – I. M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products produced and manufactured by The SoyNut Butter Company.

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Top Two Things To Know About a Food Poisoning Lawsuit

If you’re considering working with a food poisoning lawyer, you need to know:

1. Our food poisoning lawyers are supported by the resources of an experienced, national law firm. That is important because Robins Cloud has the funds to “front” the expenses of your food poisoning lawsuit (in legal speak, that means we work “on a contingency basis”). This is a very pro-client way to work, as we’re only paid if and when you are compensated, and only if we are successful. It also incentivizes us even more to go that extra distance and get the most out of your individual lawsuit. In addition, an initial consult with our food poisoning lawyers doesn’t cost you anything.

2. It is important to act quickly. In fact, there is a “statute of limitations” involved with food poisoning lawsuits. Meaning, if you want to file a lawsuit, you need to contact us right away to preserve your rights.

Food Poisoning Lawyers

If you’re trying to get a grasp of just how dangerous the foods we rely on may have become, look no further than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC reports show 48 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. each year. Some of these food poisoning cases may be mild. However, according to the CDC, around 3,000 people in the U.S. die from food poisoning each year. The worst part of this is, that food poisoning is preventable.

Who Is Responsible for Keeping Food Safe?

While the CDC — as well as other agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and your local health department — all play important roles in monitoring food poisoning outbreaks and alerting the public when an unsafe food needs to be recalled, the sheer number of food products that are produced and sold today is staggering.

In fact, because of the number of recalls our nation faces today, individual consumers have enormous power through holding manufacturers accountable for dangerous foods. By filing a food poisoning lawsuit, you may be able to play an important part in keeping our nation’s food safe.

What Causes Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or drink. Sometimes contact with infected animals and people can also cause the spread of foodborne illness. Food and drink can be contaminated with a variety of pathogens or germs that can cause illness – like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and even chemicals or other harmful toxins. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 31 known pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. Norovirus and Salmonella are among the most common. The leading causes of food poisoning are reported to come from eating food that has not been properly cooked, food that has been handled by someone who is sick, and/or eating foods that have been at the incorrect temperature for too long.

Foodborne illness is preventable. In fact, preventing foodborne illness is easy. The World Health Organization reports that something as simple as handwashing can reduce foodborne illnesses by up to 35 percent. Separating raw meats from ready-to-eat foods is also a great way to prevent cross-contamination of germs onto food.

Foodborne illnesses can lead to other potential complications in the human body. For example, Salmonella infection could potentially lead to reactive arthritis, whereas E. Coli infections may lead to kidney injury or even kidney failure.

Food Poisoning Risk Information

People who are typically the most affected by foodborne illnesses are those who are very young, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems (like HIV patients or organ transplant patients), and pregnant women. Even though someone may be outside of the high risk group, they may still be susceptible to foodborne illness. If you are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, medical attention is highly recommended, especially if you are in the high risk group mentioned previously.

Food Policy and You

The vast majority of foodborne illnesses go unreported. Reporting foodborne illness is crucial to helping make our food system safer. By reporting foodborne illness, food governing agencies and investigators are put on notice of a potential problem in the food system. This means that recalls for contaminated foods can be initiated quicker and foodborne outbreaks could be prevented. Reporting foodborne illness could help prevent the spread of foodborne illness and potentially save lives.

Reporting foodborne illness is easy. The first step is to seek medical attention. A doctor can confirm a foodborne illness diagnosis ad report their findings to the local health department. Someone can independently report foodborne illness too by contacting their local health department.

Lawsuits have in recent history become a method to help food policy in the United States. Litigation has helped launch many food safety advancements and has assisted in keeping food companies in compliance with food safety laws. By holding companies and their executive accountable for foodborne illness injuries, there is hope that our food system will become safer.

Get Help Today

If you or your loved one has become ill from ingesting contaminated food or drink, you may suspect if you have a case. Whether or not you have a case depends on the particular circumstances of your illness. If you suspect you may have a food poisoning case, please contact our firm for a consultation. Our experienced attorneys will help walk you through the legal process and discuss the details of your claims. It is best to contact an attorney sooner rather than later, as every state has a time limit, termed the "statute of limitations," that provides a guideline as to when someone can bring forth a personal injury claim. Waiting too long to seek an attorney may result in you missing your deadline.

For more information about foodborne illnesses and pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses, please visit the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is food poisoning diagnosed?

Depending on the pathogen, food poisoning can be diagnosed in several ways. A general food poisoning diagnosis is gastroenteritis. However, this diagnosis does not mention what pathogen made someone sick. Some physicians will order stool or blood tests to find out this information. For some bacteria, like Listeria, a spinal fluid test may be ordered.

What are some typical foods that cause foodborne illness?

Some typical foods that cause foodborne illness are:

  • Raw meats
  • Raw foods from animals, like eggs and unpasteurized dairy products
  • Unwashed produce
  • Unpasteurized fruit juices and ciders
  • Raw sprouts
  • Food that has been left to sit out too long
What are the most common pathogens that cause foodborne illness?

The most common pathogens that cause foodborne illness are:

  • Norovirus
  • Salmonella
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Campylobacter
  • Staphylococcus aureus
Are restaurants safer to eat at than home?

If someone follows good food safety practices at home, odds are, eating at home is safer than eating at a restaurant. This is because the consumer has control over their food. Many foodborne illnesses occur due to a food service worker preparing food while sick or due to improper cooking of food.

More Details About Food Poisoning Lawsuits

Food poisoning lawsuits are treated like product liability claims, meaning a particular product or food made you sick. Therefore, it is a crucial step in the evaluation process of a claim to know what was the source of foodborne illness. Many who become ill with foodborne illness believe the last meal they ate is the source. While that make be likely, it is a good idea to think about what other foods or beverages you may have ingested over a period of time, depending on what pathogen made you ill. This information is especially helpful to agencies investigating foodborne illness complaints.

Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination is a typical way food becomes compromised. Food can become contaminated via cross-contamination in several ways, including: using utensils from raw meat on ready-to-eat foods, raw meat juices coming into contact with raw produce or ready to eat foods, through human transmission like coughing or sneezing, from people’s clothing, to name a few. By separating raw from ready-to-eat foods during the food preparation process, by washing all produce, and by thoroughly washing all utensils, countertops, hands, and other food preparation materials, foodborne illness via cross-contamination can be greatly reduced. Foodborne illness is preventable.

Delayed Symptoms

Symptoms of food poisoning can vary depending on what pathogen is responsible for making someone sick. Some bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, rapidly show symptoms of foodborne illness – sometimes as quick as within 30 minutes after eating contaminated food. Other bacteria, however, may have delayed symptoms. For example, Listeria bacteria typically do not show symptoms for a time period of 3 to 70 days. This is why backtracking to what you have eaten within the time period from ingestion to symptom appearance is helpful in determining the source of foodborne illness.

Corporate Negligence

The majority of the food we consume in the United States undergoes processing of some kind. From farm to the table, food is usually transferred through several companies or locations before someone eats it. This is why our firm seeks to hold companies accountable for their negligent actions concerning food safety practices. By ensuring that companies follow food safety practices and laws, we can help make our food system safer for everyone.