Causes of Food-Borne Illnesses

Those who have dealt with the uncomfortable sickness of food poisoning know how debilitating it can be. Your body could have adverse reactions for hours, days, or weeks after the food in question was consumed. Common symptoms associated with this sickness include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, cramps, dehydration, and fever. In the most severe cases, individuals could develop HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), which can lead to kidney failure or even death.

One of the best ways to prevent a food-borne illness is by preparing, handling and storing food in a responsible way. Chefs and kitchen staff who do not adhere to these health practices should be held accountable for their actions if they cause sickness in their patrons. If you have experienced food poisoning because of the negligent behavior of another person, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633 for more information about your legal options.

Common Causes of Food-Borne Illness

The most common causes of food-borne illnesses include:

  • Lack of refrigeration after food has been prepared
  • Unsanitary conditions of kitchen tools, sponges, dish towels, counter tops or the overall kitchen itself
  • Contamination of a ready-to-eat food because of contact with raw meat
  • Failure to wash hands thoroughly (or at all) after bathroom use or the changing of a diaper
  • Allowing raw meat to marinate at room temperature, rather than in a refrigerator

Because these illnesses are usually preventable by taking proper health precautions, patrons who experience adverse reactions have the right to claim negligence in a court of law.

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If you acquired a food-borne illness at a restaurant, school cafeteria, hotel, or any other establishment in which the food is prepared for you, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your legal options.