The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella poisoning causes about one million illnesses each year in the United States. Of those that become ill, about 19,000 will require hospitalization, and approximately 380 will die. If you have reason to believe that you became ill after eating at a local restaurant, you may be able to file a claim for financial compensation. The Quirk Law Firm, LLP has significant experience handling Salmonella claims and can speak with you today about your case.
To be sure, Trevor M. Quirk currently represents a client who has filed a Salmonella poisoning lawsuit after eating at Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Westlake Village, according to a recent article in the Food Poison Journal. The victim, Stephanie Wehr, has alleged that the owner of Brent’s “showed conscious disregard for the rights and safety of people eating, using, and visiting” the restaurant, reported LA Weekly. If you suspect that you suffered from Salmonella poisoning after eating at Brent’s or another restaurant in Ventura County, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dedicated personal injury attorney.
Signs and Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning
What is Salmonella? In short, it’s a bacteria that can make humans very ill. Once you’re exposed to Salmonella, you’re likely to develop symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Those symptoms can include:
- – Diarrhea
- – Fever and
- – Abdominal cramps
According to the CDC, persons who develop Salmonella poisoning typically are ill for between 4 and 7 days. Most people will recover without receiving medical treatment, but in some cases “the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.” Salmonella can be treated with antibiotics, and such medication may be necessary for elderly persons, infants, and other people who have impaired immune systems. Salmonella poisoning can pose particular dangers if it spreads from the intestines into the bloodstream, where it can reach other parts of the body.
The CDC also explains that children have the highest risk for Salmonella infection. In particular, kids under 5 years old tend to show higher rates of Salmonella poisoning than people in other age groups. When it comes to the severity of the infection, however, very young children and older adults are at greatest risk. While Salmonella poisoning typically doesn’t have lifelong consequences for those who recover, a number of people do develop reactive arthritis. Those who suffer from reactive arthritis following Salmonella infection also can develop the following problems:
- – Chronic arthritis, which “can be difficult to treat,” according to the CDC
- – Irritation of the eyes and
- – Painful urination
Contact a Ventura Personal Injury Attorney
Salmonella poisoning is a serious problem that can produce severe injuries. According to a report from NBC Los Angeles, the recent outbreak at Brent’s Deli may have resulted in more than two dozen people becoming ill. The Salmonella infections are reported to have occurred over a four-month period, and eight patients required hospitalization.
If you or someone you love may have been infected with Salmonella after eating at Brent’s Deli or another Ventura County establishment, you should discuss your case with an experienced Ventura County personal injury lawyer. You may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit. Contact the Quirk Law Firm, LLP today to learn more about how we can assist with your case.
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