If you’ve ever suffered from a bout of vomiting and diarrhea, chances are that it was actually food poisoning that caused your illness, not a virus. Toxins in food cause an estimated 76 million illnesses each year. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that food poisoning results in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year.
When food is improperly handled while it is grown, transported, or prepared, it can become tainted with toxins that negatively impact your health. If you or someone you love has suffered from food poisoning due to someone else’s negligent handling of your food, contact the experienced Danville product liability lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your case.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Because toxins in food can come from a variety of sources, there are a number of different symptoms associated with each poison. However, food poisoning is generally accompanied by nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
While this often goes away with time, individuals with food poisoning can become severely dehydrated and need emergency medical attention. Additionally, some types of food poisoning can attack the nervous system, which may result in paralysis of the extremities. This can also call for professional medical help.
Sources of Food Poisoning
Food-borne toxins can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Common sources of food poisoning include:
- Salmonellae bacteria
- Campylobacter bacteria
Food poisoning can cause you to suffer for several days and even weeks if you are struck with a severe toxin. For more information regarding food poisoning and product liability law, contact a Danville product liability attorney from Spiros Law, P.C., at (217) 443-4343 today.