Can I Get Compensation for Salmonella Poisoning in Nevada?
A few hours ago you felt fine, but now you are experiencing abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and a fever. Symptoms following this profile can sometimes be related to salmonella poisoning.
Salmonella poisoning is an illness affecting 40,000 Americans every year. It is responsible for more food poisoning deaths in America than any other microorganism. Salmonella may affect children, the elderly, and people who have compromised immune systems more than healthy adults.
If you believe you have been poisoned by salmonella in Nevada, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can help you understand your legal rights. Depending on how you contracted the illness, you may be eligible for compensation from the restaurant or grower that made you sick.
In order to establish liability for salmonella poisoning, your attorneys in Clark County will need to be able to prove that you or your loved one contracted salmonella. They will also need to show that you got sick because someone was negligent—that is, because someone did not take normal precautions and care that a reasonable person would take.
Proving that a specific party is liable for salmonella poisoning is easier when a victim or their family keeps meticulous, detailed records of what they ate and where they ate it as well as when and what symptoms occurred.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is not just one organism. It is a large group of bacteria, which include many different types. The most common type of salmonella is called Serotype Enteritidis ("SE").
While the word salmonella contains “salmon,” it was named for the discoverer of the bacterium. Fish are not a common source for salmonella poisoning. Instead Clark County residents are much more likely to contract salmonella poisoning from eggs, raw vegetables, or undercooked meat.
It is important to note that not all cases of salmonella come from food poisoning. Handling some types of animals—typically birds or reptiles—can lead to animal-to-human bacterial transmission. Be sure to keep good records of your illness ... this will help your Las Vegas personal injury attorney prove that your illness was caused by food poisoning.
To learn about other types of food poisoning, please see our article on Nevada's food poisoning laws.
How Does Salmonella Get Into Food?
The salmonella bacterium lives in the intestines of reptiles, birds, and mammals including humans. Therefore people contract salmonella when they have touched or eaten food that has come into contact with animal feces.
Sometimes this happens at harvest time or even beforehand when animal droppings may contaminate fresh produce. Rinsing is not usually sufficient to remove all salmonella bacteria. Cooking eggs, meat, and vegetables thoroughly will kill salmonella.
How Does Salmonella Affect People?
Salmonella is odorless and tasteless. The first signs of salmonella poisoning often start 12 to 72 hours after consumption. Diarrhea and abdominal cramps can be extreme. Some salmonella victims require hospitalization in order to be stabilized. About 400 Americans a year die after contracting salmonella.
Children are more likely than adults to become ill with salmonella poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, children are diagnosed with salmonella at a rate of about five times that of other age groups. If your child contracted salmonella in Clark County, you have legal options. Our caring Nevada food poisoning lawyers may be able to help.
Every year a small number of people infected by salmonella recover from the initial infection only to develop a different set of symptoms later. These symptoms include joint discomfort, eye irritation, and pain during urination.
This condition is called reactive arthritis and is the most common arthritic condition in young adult men. Reactive arthritis pain can last months or years and may even lead to chronic arthritis and lifelong disabilities.
If you are a Nevadan who is experiencing reactive arthritis symptoms after a bout of food poisoning, contact our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to get the best representation and the compensation you need and deserve.
Were You a Victim of Salmonella Poisoning? Call Us for Help...
If you believe you have contracted food poisoning in Nevada, contacting a Las Vegas personal injury attorney is the best way to find out if you have a case.
Call 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options.