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Advocates For Victims Of Food Poisoning

The human body is normally robust and resilient, with the ability to resist the harmful effects of bacteria, viruses and parasites. But certain food-borne pathogens can overwhelm the body's defenses, resulting in food poisoning. This illness is particularly hazardous for older adults, pregnant women, infants, young children and those with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and HIV. For some vulnerable adults and children, food poisoning can be a life-threatening event with lifelong consequences.

If you have suffered food poisoning from eating tainted meat, dairy products, produce or shellfish, or from eating at a restaurant in the Chicago area, you may be eligible for compensation.

Call Klest Injury Law Firm today at 312-380-5467 for a free initial consultation with a lawyer.

Dangers Posed By Food-Borne Pathogens

There are more than a dozen different types of food-borne pathogens. Among the most hazardous are:

Listeria monocytogenes — Unborn infants can suffer serious and adverse effects from this pathogen, resulting in miscarriage or premature birth. Babies who survive a listeria infection can suffer lifelong complications such as neurological damage and delayed development.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) — Certain types of E. coli bacteria can cause serious kidney damage. Older adults, young children and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

Other types of dangerous food-borne pathogens include salmonella, hepatitis A, and Clostridium botulinum.

Food Poisoning Hazards Are Increasing

In recent years, the number of recalls of contaminated food have increased significantly. Between 2013 and 2018, recalls of meat and poultry increased by two-thirds and recalls of other food types increased 10 percent. Every year, about 48 million people get sick, 128,000 people need emergency medical care, and 3,000 people die according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While meat and poultry are the biggest culprits, practically any raw or processed food can pose risks for consumers. Over a five-year period, manufacturers issued recalls for Ritz and Goldfish crackers, soy nut butter, melons and Honey Smacks cereal. In 2018, two outbreaks of E. coli poisoning in romaine lettuce killed five people and hospitalized more than 100 people. Despite efforts by food producers and processors to address food contamination hazards, the problems in all likelihood will persist.

How We Can Help

Joseph Klest is personal injury attorney who aggressively represents victims of corporate negligence. When you hire us, we will undertake a comprehensive legal effort designed to obtain maximum compensation for you.

Contamination can occur at any point in the food production, distribution and preparation process. Our firm will conduct a thorough investigation to identify when and where the contamination occurred and who was responsible. We will vigorously advocate for you at trial or in settlement negotiations, seeking full compensation for your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. You can depend on Klest Injury Law Firm to do everything we can to win your case.

Our firm takes every personal injury case on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay attorneys' fees unless we win your case. For a free initial consultation about food poisoning in a restaurant or another location, contact Klest Injury Law Firm by calling 312-380-5467. We have offices in Chicago and Schaumburg to serve you.

If you are too ill to come to us, we will come to you.