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Chicago Campylobacter Food Poisoning Attorneys 

Illinois campylobacter infection lawyers

Personal Injury Lawyers for Foodborne Illness Victims Throughout Illinois

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), campylobacter bacterial infection results in approximately 1.3 million annual illnesses in the United States. While it is a leading contributor in diarrheal sickness across the U.S., the majority of infections go unreported, like most cases of food poisoning, including E. coli, norovirus, and salmonella.

If you were sickened by campylobacter poisoning, Newland & Newland, LLP can pursue the financial compensation needed to cover expensive medical bills and lost work hours, in addition to pain and suffering you have endured.

Previous settlements and judgments include $200,000 for a client whose food poisoning aggravated pre-existing multiple sclerosis.

Campylobacter Symptoms

Symptoms of campylobacter typically include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), stomach cramps, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms often begin within two to five days following initial exposure and last around a week. Individuals with weakened immune systems, including various blood disorders or AIDS, face a heightened risk for campylobacter spreading to the bloodstream, which can be life-threatening.

If you experience any combination of these symptoms for more than three days, visit your family physician or nearest healthcare provider as soon as possible. Campylobacter treatment often amounts to drinking extra fluids while diarrhea persists. Antibiotics are used only in the most serious of cases, but some campylobacter infections are resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Campylobacter Causes

The vast majority of campylobacter poisonings are linked to the consumption of raw or undercooked poultry, unpasteurized dairy products, produce, and tainted water. Infection can occur through contact with an improperly washed food preparation surface used to cut raw chicken. Poisoning may also happen after contact with feces from a cat or dog. It usually is not passed from one individual to another.

Campylobacter Prevention

There are numerous ways you can reduce the threat of campylobacter infection, including:

  • Using a separate cutting board for raw meats, and another for raw fruits, vegetables, and other foods;
  • Thoroughly cleaning cutting boards, counters, and utensils with hot water and soap following any preparation of raw meat;
  • Cooking any food that contains poultry to at least 165 degrees;
  • Sending undercooked poultry served at restaurants back to the kitchen until it is cooked through;
  • Consuming only pasteurized milk products, not raw milk; and
  • Never drinking untreated water from a stream, river, pond, or lake, and ensuring well water is frequently tested for contamination.

Contact a Chicago Food Poisoning Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered an illness due to campylobacter infection contracted through a food service operation, including a restaurant, grocery store, cruise ship, or nursing home, Newland & Newland, LLP is prepared to fight for you. We will aggressively pursue the financial compensation you deserve and hold negligent parties accountable, to help prevent others from getting sick because of unsafe food prep practices. To set up a free initial consultation with a skilled Illinois personal injury lawyer, contact us by calling 312-981-0409. We have five convenient Chicago area locations to serve you including Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Chicago, Fox River Grove, and Itasca.

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