The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a warning to the public about what they called a “cluster” of gastrointestinal illnesses that have been potentially linked to raw oysters at local restaurants. According to Public Health, there have been at least 27 reported cases connected to four unidentified restaurants. The health department is investigating the situation and working towards confirming the source of the illnesses. The health department is discouraging L.A. County residents (specifically those who are most at-risk) from eating raw oysters until the source is confirmed.
If you or a loved one suffered gastrointestinal illnesses associated with the consumption of contaminated food like oysters, you may have the right to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact our legal team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group today.
Our team has decades of experience handling these types of claims and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights and recover the settlement that you are owed. If you are ready to speak with our food poisoning lawsuit lawyers, contact us today.
Potential Injuries Associated with Food Poisoning
Depending on the type of food poisoning, affected parties may experience stomach aches, abdominal pain, intestinal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fevers, fatigue, general loss of energy, loss of appetite, aching muscles, chills, dehydration, and more. In severe cases, affected parties might require hospitalization. When left untreated, food poisoning can lead to additional infections that could have devastating consequences.
Food poisoning typically occurs after eating food that is contaminated by bacteria or a virus. Some of the most common contaminants leading to food poisoning include campylobacter, salmonella, E. coli, norovirus, and listeria, for example. When eating out at restaurants, most people trust that their food will be safe to be consumed. However, food that is handled by someone who is ill or with unwashed hands, not stored correctly (not kept at the right temperature), left out too long, not cooked thoroughly, not reheated thoroughly, or eaten after its “best by” date can be contaminated and make unsuspecting people very sick.
With oysters specifically, which are typically consumed raw, it is of utmost importance that they are handled safely every step of the way – until they are consumed.
Can I Sue if I Got Food Poisoning from Contaminated Oysters?
Yes – you could have the right to sue. The question is then who you can sue. You could sue the party/entity responsible for the contamination; this could include the growers, processors, suppliers, distributors, and restaurants, for example. If you are interested in pursuing a lawsuit but are unsure of exactly how to proceed, do not hesitate to reach out to the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to hold all liable parties/entities accountable for the harm suffered.
Can I Recover Compensation for Oyster-Related Food Poisoning?
Yes, you could be awarded compensation if you lawsuit is successful. Some of the categories of compensation available for food poisoning cases often include the following:
- Medical expenses (including costs for diagnostic tests, medication, hospitalizations, etc.)
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Here at our law firm, our lawyers are committed to getting our clients the maximum recovery available for their claims. If you have any questions about the type of compensation available for your claim, the average value associated with claims similar to yours, or the time that it can take to reach a settlement, contact us today. Our legal team is ready to do everything necessary to get you the payout that you are owed.
How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?
All claims are subject to a statute of limitations or a deadline to sue. If claimants do not file their claims on time, they can lose their right to sue entirely. Because of this, it is essential that claimants file their claims on time. In California, all injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations; this gives claimants two years to file their claims. Although this might seem like plenty of time to pursue a claim, it is important that affected parties act promptly and start the legal process immediately.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Some people may argue that eating raw oysters comes with the risk of getting ill; however, when handled correctly (with clean hands and kept within a safe temperature), raw oysters should be safe to eat. If you or a member of your family suffered foot poisoning because of the negligence of a restaurant that handled oysters poorly, you could have grounds to sue the restaurant. Based on the details surrounding the incident, you could sue the supplier, distributor, and more. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact our experienced food poisoning lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group today.
Our firm offers free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. Our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to begin your claim or even continue your claim if you had already started the legal process elsewhere. If you are interested in benefiting from our free legal services and speaking with our lawyers, contact us today.
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