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Food Borne Illness

Foodborne Illness

MONTANA AND oregon Personal Injury Attorneys

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. attorneys help residents to recover from foodborne illness and seek justice. We know courts and juries. We are experienced with 35 years of practice. Let our firm and resources help you. Our foodborne illness attorney in Kalispell, MT has helped victims like you get the compensation they deserve.

As your Montana and Oregon food safety lawyer, we seek recovery of necessary medical, financial and other support during dire times of need. The Montana and Oregon Food Alert is created to raise awareness about outbreaks which often occur as a result bad safety standards in the food industry and to warn Montanans of state wide alerts. Our Kalispell foodborne illness lawyers have handled numerous cases of foodborne illnesses in Montana.

The most common form of serious food poisoning involves a particularly virulent strain for Escherichia coli or E. Coli 0:157. The young, old and immune compromised are most at risk. The symptoms generally involve bloody diarrhea accompanied by high fever. It usually takes between 3-4 days before symptoms occur.

10-15% of E. Coli 0:157 cases progress to Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which is a deadly condition from the verocytoxin producing E. coli 0157. Some impairment of renal function results from this side effect. Dialysis is common and in some cases a kidney transplant is required.

Other foodborne illnesses include Campylobacter, which is a common cause of diarrheal illness in the United States. According to the CDC, 13 cases are diagnosed each year for each 100,000 persons. Foodborne botulism occurs when a person ingests the toxin, which already is present in the contaminated food. Salmonella also cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps but occur in a much shorter incubation period of 12 hours to 3 days. In some cases, hospitalization may be required. If the diarrhea spread from the intestines to the blood stream this may cause severe injury or death. Shigella infections are also caused by contact or consumption of contaminated food. In a small percentage, of cases serious complications may result. Food allergies may also be serious. For example, some people have severe life threatening complications. This occurs when a product is labeled peanut free but is actually not so. A recall usually follows. If you have suffered an illness as a result of food poisoning, contact a foodborne illness attorney in Montana and Oregon right away by calling (406) 625-0100.

Food Safety Facts From the CDC

COOK: meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Eggs cooked until the yolk is firm.

SEPARATE: Don’t cross contaminate on food with another. Washing hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another foot. Put cooked meat on a clean platter rather back on the one that held the raw meat.

CHILL: Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature so refrigerate.

CLEAN: Wash all produce before consuming and remove and discard the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.

When foodborne illness and food poisoning occur often it occurs in Clusters or groups. E. Coli may be present in almost any meat or dairy product you purchase at the store. If you have a store discount card use it. The store then keeps track of what you purchased when. While many are concerned about privacy issues, the most important issue is your health. If you develop symptoms and a food product you purchased subsequently was recalled, it can be traced exactly to its source through DNA fingerprinting.

How do I make a complaint? To start with get medical treatment and confirm your diagnosis. All contaminated food and food poisoning along with food recalls to your local health department.

How do I make a complaint or find out more information? To start with get medical treatment and confirm your diagnosis. REPORT all contaminated food and food poisoning along with food recalls to your local health department.

Montana and Oregon County Health Departments (Please report any suspected food illness since your illness may be considered an outbreak, but only if you call, you may also email us and we will put you in touch with the right officials to investigation and help you and your family with the process.

Unfortunately due to medical confidentiality provisions in Montana and Oregon Law sometimes Montanans are the last to know about an outbreak. The sooner a food poisoning illness or severe allergic reaction to contaminated food, the sooner the public will be alerted. Because this alert process may take up to 9 months to a year to be declared we have created a website where you can report incidences of food poisoning and illness to provide an early alert and help others avoid serious illness or death.

PLEASE SHARE INFORMATION. Don’t let the big food corporations get away with making a profit at the expense of safety.

We help you and your family recovers from devastating food illness, recover what is fair, hold the food corporations accountable. We will be there when and where you need us. An experienced attorney from our office you chose will handle your case personally. Our primary goal is to get you the health care you need to get better and protect the public from unsafe practices often perpetrated by the large food corporations.

The Montana and Oregon personal injury attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C., handle all types of personal injury, serious injury, workers’ compensation and railroad injury matters in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Bigfork, Flathead County, and throughout the state of Montana. If you have been injured by a car wreck or suffered any type of serious injury, call our Kalispell personal injury attorneys at (406) 625-0100 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has handled substantial food cases throughout Montana and Oregon including many products. Incidents have been reported throughout Montana and Oregon including Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Great Falls, Helena, Billings, Bozeman and Missoula. 

Call Bliven Law Firm, P.C. at (406) 625-0100 to talk with our Flathead County foodborne illness lawyers for a case evaluation.