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Chicago Hepatitis A foodborne illness attorneyThere are many different types of viruses, bacteria, or toxic chemicals that can lead to food poisoning outbreaks. Hepatitis A is one of the less common foodborne illnesses, but it still affects tens of thousands of people each year in the United States. This disease can be very dangerous, and those who have been affected will want to consult with an attorney to determine their options for recovering financial compensation from the person or establishment that was responsible.

What Makes Hepatitis A Different From Other Foodborne Illnesses?

Most foodborne illnesses affect the gastrointestinal system, and people will often begin experiencing symptoms within a few hours after eating contaminated foods. However, Hepatitis A attacks the liver, and symptoms will take longer to appear. Usually, a person will begin experiencing symptoms between 15 and 50 days after the contamination occurred. This can sometimes make it difficult to identify the source of the contamination.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue, which may be similar to the symptoms of other types of foodborne illnesses. However, victims may also experience jaundice in which they have a yellow tint to their skin and eyes, dark-colored urine, and pale-colored stools. This indicates that a person’s liver has been affected. Severe infections can cause serious damage to the liver, which could be fatal.

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Food Poisoning Cases on the Rise

All over the world, people fall ill because of the food they eat. Hundreds of millions of people are victims of food-borne diseases every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In Illinois, victims of food poisoning can file lawsuits against the parties responsible in order to seek compensation for their losses.

If you look at the newspaper these days, it will be filled with food poisoning cases. Such cases range from restaurant negligence to contamination in packaged food items on grocery store shelves. In the America alone, 76 million food poisoning illnesses and 5,000 deaths are reported a year.

What Causes Food Poisoning?

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Food Contamination

Personal injury is not always the result of fractured bones or brain damage; a person can suffer from food poisoning, as well, as these cases often result from someone's negligence. Some food poisoning cases result in a minimal personal injury, but there are certain food-borne bacteria that can cause serious damage to unsuspecting victims, leaving them with hefty medical bills and lost wages from time off work spent in recovery.

In today's economy, many companies are looking to maximize profits with minimal operational costs involved. Unfortunately, such a behavior can constitute negligence when it compromises the well-being of customers. When large food retail chains, grocery stores, food manufacturers and farmers ignore the potential damage their wrongdoing will have on others in order make money, these entities can be held accountable for their actions in a court of law. Victims of food poisoning are encouraged to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties with the help of a experienced personal injury attorney.

Common Causes of Food Contamination

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Pack Safely for Your Springtime Picnic to Avoid Food Poisoning

Spring is here, and for many people in Illinois and across the United States, that means it is time to venture outdoors again after a long winter in hibernation. As flowers bloom and trees regrow their leaves, enjoying a picnic in a park can be a relaxing way to welcome warm spring weather.

Your picnic will not be much fun if you or somebody else who attended falls ill with food poisoning in the days that follow. As the picnic planner, you can take steps to protect yourself and your guests from becoming ill after eating from your picnic basket. The following tips will help you keep food out of the danger zone and prevent cross-contamination.

Keep Everything Separated

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Jimmy John's Restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois Cited in Salmonella Outbreak

In a recent blog post, we talked about the recent multi-state Salmonella outbreak that was linked to raw bean sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Currently, the outbreak is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

When a food poisoning outbreak is linked to a specific food retailer or distributor, the responsible party may be required to take certain steps, such as recalling the contaminated product, to protect consumers from further illness. In other cases, the responsible party voluntarily makes changes and takes precautions to eliminate the chance of further illnesses occurring because of their product. A recent example of a retailer taking steps to protect its consumers is Chipotle's publicized changes to their food handling measures after it was linked to an E.Coli outbreak.

Jimmy John's Measures to Reduce Further Illnesses

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