California Food Poisoning Lawyers
Food is considered a “product” for purposes of California liability law. Whether the food is mass-produced at the manufacturing level or grown in the field, food retailers and wholesalers as well as restaurant operators are required to sell non-adulterated, disease-free food products. When food sellers or makers are not careful and fail to follow good safety practices, a trip to a restaurant or grocery store can turn into a nightmarish experience. Once rare, cyclospora, E. coli, salmonella, norovirus and other food-borne illnesses have developed across the country and impacted thousands of consumers in recent years.
The San Francisco law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger represents individuals who have been injured by products contaminated with cyclospora and other contaminants, bacterial organisms or parasites. If you or a loved one develops a food-borne illness such as cyclospora, E. coli, salmonella or norovirus from a restaurant or grocery store product, contact us online or call (415) 981-7210.
We are one of the leading product liability law firms in the nation and have obtained verdicts on behalf of those injured by tainted or defective products.
What Is Cyclospora?
Cyclospora is an infection caused by a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis. These one-celled parasites are tiny and impossible to see without a microscope.
Californians typically develop cyclospora or other bacterial or amoebic diseases after consuming water or food that has been contaminated with the parasite. Unclean food manufacturing facilities and restaurants are among the leading spreaders of bacterial and parasitic diseases.
The development of cyclospora depends on a variety of factors and may vary significantly among individuals. It can take days or weeks for symptoms to appear, but the average incubation period is about one week, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What Are The Symptoms Of Food-Borne Illnesses?
Many short- and long-term symptoms are associated with cyclospora and other bacterial and food-borne illnesses, but diarrhea is the most universal symptom of these infections. Sufferers commonly report experiencing severe, watery diarrhea.
Contaminated food may cause other symptoms such as:
- Muscle and body aches
- Low-grade fever
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Flatulence and burping
- Stomach cramps
Although many symptoms resolve themselves after a few days, symptoms can also become chronic and last for weeks or months. Individuals with compromised or weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for experiencing chronic symptoms.
Legal Options For Those Experiencing Food-Borne Illnesses
Many individuals experience significant medical bills after developing food-borne illnesses and may lose wages due to their inability to work.
Consumers may be able to hold a restaurant or food manufacturer liable for all of the damages associated with cyclospora, including pain, lost wages and medical expenses.
The San Francisco law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger specializes in holding large corporations liable for selling dangerous products. We have achieved significant product liability verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Our attorneys have the legal experience and resources to litigate even the most complex cases. If you or a loved one has been infected with E. coli, salmonella or cyclospora, contact the Walkup firm online or at (415) 981-7210 to discuss your options.