What is Salmonella and how do people get infected?
Salmonella are bacteria that can make people sick. People may become infected with Salmonella if they eat food or drinking water that is contaminated with Salmonella. People sometimes also become ill from touching animals that have Salmonella.
What are the symptoms of a Salmonella infection?
Most people with a Salmonella infection will have diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps. Salmonella can sometimes cause infections in urine, blood, bones, joints or the nervous system. These infections can cause severe symptoms and complications. Salmonella can cause salmonellosis.
Symptoms usually occur within 6 hours to 6 days after the person consumes the food that is contaminated with Salmonella. However, some people do not develop symptoms for several weeks. Most illnesses resolve on their own within 4 to 7 days without treatment.
How is Salmonella diagnosed?
A Salmonella infection is diagnosed through laboratory tests that are performed on a person’s stool, urine, blood or other body tissue or fluid.
How is Salmonella treated?
Most people recover from a Salmonella infection without any treatment. Sometimes antibiotic treatment is recommended, such as for people with severe illnesses, a weakened immune system, elderly patients and infants.
Does Salmonella cause long-term health issues?
Most people completely recover from a Salmonella infection. Many people have abnormal bowel habits, such as continued diarrhea or constipation, which may continue for a few months after their illness. Sometimes people develop pain in their joints, called reactive arthritis, after their illness. Reactive arthritis can last for months or years. Some people with reactive arthritis also develop irritation of the eyes or pain when urinating.
What should I do if I think I have a Salmonella infection?
If you believe you are suffering from a Salmonella infection and your symptoms are not serious, contact your doctor to request that foodborne illness tests be done. If you are having serious symptoms, go to the emergency room or other urgent care provider immediately and let them know you may have a foodborne illness. The medical providers will conduct laboratory tests to determine if you have a Salmonella infection.
How do I prove I ate a food contaminated with Salmonella?
If you believe you had a Salmonella infection, save your receipts for all food purchases around the time of your illness. If you have a shopper loyalty card, request a copy of your food purchase history. If you purchased groceries online, print and save copies of all food purchases you made. Finally, if you still have the food item or the packaging for the food item, save these items in a safe place and do not consume them.
Salmonella lawsuits are normally not part of a class action or multi-district litigation (MDL). Each case is unique and remains separate from other cases. The statute of limitations to sue may be only one or two years after the purchase or consumption of a recalled product, so we urge victims to seek legal counsel immediately. We are demanding that the food production companies reimburse our clients for their doctor’s bills, lost earnings and pain and suffering as a result of a foodborne illness linked to a product recall.
Why You Should Choose ASK LLP
When you get hurt after eating a food contaminated with a bacteria or other pathogen, you may not know what to do. After all, the food production industry is a large and powerful one. We are here to help. Our experienced legal team has a strong track record of fighting—and winning— against big food production companies. We have already successfully represented clients who were injured by contaminated foods. If you hire us, know that we will fight tirelessly to get you the best possible result.