The foodborne illness lawyers at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault promote food safety through legal advocacy, information outreach and analysis of food poisoning outbreaks.
E. coli O157:H7 causes severe bloody diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps. In about 5% of cases, a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can occur after the initial symptoms.
A 2009 Consumer Reports investigation revealed that 67% of broiler chickens had tested positive for Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Foodborne Illness Attorneys
Contaminated foods and beverages sicken millions of Americans each year. According to the CDC, an estimated 76 million people get foodborne illnesses and food poisoning each year, of those, about 325,000 people will require hospitalization and 5,000 foodborne illness victims will die. Serious long term complications can occur from a foodborne illness which can lead to a lifetime of health problems.
If you have questions about your foodborne illness, this Web site offers resources to help you find answers. For nearly three decades, the food poisoning lawyers at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have assisted thousands of people with foodborne illnesses. Contact our firm by calling 1-800-256-1050 or use our online contact form.
What made you sick?
Foodborne illnesses can be
caused by improper food handling and processing.
Some cases are caused by inadequate preparation,
where meat or chicken are undercooked. Other cases
are caused by defective products, such as
contaminated bottled water, or by the improper
storage of perishable foods. Food workers can cause
contamination by failing to wash their hands after
using the bath room. Some of the dangerous bacteria
that cause foodborne illnesses include
> More information on the Causes of Foodborne Illness and Specific Foodborne Illnesses.
What kinds of foods are associated with foodborne illness?
Raw meat and poultry, raw eggs, unpasteurized
milk and raw shellfish are the most likely to be
contaminated. Surprisingly, even fresh fruits and
vegetables, when consumed raw, pose a concern.
> More information on Dangerous Foods.
What agencies protect the public from foodborne illnesses?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National
Marine Fisheries Service are among the agencies
charged with overseeing food safety. Health agencies
Mississippi monitor food safety and outbreaks at
the state level.
> More information on Agencies Responsible for Food Safety.
Am I at risk?
The elderly, the very young, pregnant women and
those that have weakened immune systems have the
greatest risk of developing a foodborne illness. But
everyone is vulnerable -- you can be perfectly
healthy, eat a good diet and still become
dangerously or deathly ill from food contamination.
> More information: Are You at Risk for Food Poisoning?
Where are you likely to get ill?
Most foodborne illnesses are the result of
home-cooked meals, but they can be caused by meals
at restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools and
businesses. Even if you follow every precaution,
you can still get sick from
Salmonella and other disease causing pathogens because the contamination can
be caused by elements outside of your control,
including improper storage, unsanitary food handling
and faulty processing.
> More information on Where Are You Likely to Get Ill?
How can I protect myself against foodborne illness?
We have a list of suggestions to help you avoid
many of the most commonly transmitted illnesses.
> More information on Protecting Yourself from Foodborne Illness.
What are my legal options?
At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, we understand the serious complications and financial consequences that foodborne illnesses can cause. The food poisoning lawyers of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault believe that food safety should be a top national priority and we advocate for that every day on behalf of our clients in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and across the country.
If you or a loved one has gotten seriously ill from eating contaminated food, contact our foodborne illness attorneys by calling 1-800-256-1050 or use our online contact form. We offer a free evaluation of your case and we can help you protect your legal rights. If you have a valid claim, we can help you recover money for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses related to your illness.