Foodborne Illnesses: Causes, Types, Prevention & Who Is Liable

types of foodborne illnesses

One in six Americans becomes ill with a foodborne illness each year. When we purchase food and beverages, whether at a restaurant or to cook at home, we assume that it is safe for us and our families to consume. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually that are attributed to foodborne illness. Foodborne illness is caused by consuming contaminated
foods or beverages, most commonly raw meat or poultry, raw eggs, unpasteurized milk, fruit juices or cider, raw shellfish and raw sprouts. Other common culprits are raw fruits and vegetables that are not washed thoroughly, foods that are left out of the refrigerator too long, and foods that are contaminated by ill employees.

Types of Foodborne Illnesses:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Salmonellosis
  • E. Coli
  • Shigellosis
  • Listeria

Signs of Foodborne Illness may Include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Abdominal distention
  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Dehydration
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness
  • Jaundice
  • Death

Who is Liable for Foodborne Illnesses?

In the State of Texas, it is held that one who sells any foodstuffs for human consumption (i.e. restaurants, food product manufacturers, food distributors) is subject to strict liability for any physical harm to the consumer. Strict liability is defined as follows: absolute legal responsibility that can be imposed on the wrongdoer without proof of carelessness or fault. If you have contracted a foodborne illness from any type of food, you should contact an injury lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer or distributor for the injuries you have sustained. The attorneys at Kuzmich Law Firm can help answer any questions you have regarding your foodborne illness claim.

Steve Kuzmich is a Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Kuzmich Law Firms’ focus practice areas are auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death and other serious injuries, injuries caused by drunk drivers, injuries to children and the elderly, (slip and fall accidents) premises liability, and dog bite cases. For further information about personal injury litigation, contact us today at 972.434.1555.