In early January 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health warning about sliced deli products that were available at Dion’s restaurants from mid-December through the first week of the new year amid listeria concerns. The meat, which included pastrami, roast beef, and sliced turkey breast, was served on pizzas, sandwiches, and salads at multiple Dion’s locations. None of the food tested was found to be contaminated, but the Peter DeFries Corporation, which produced the meat products, stated that it found a cause for concern during routine testing of its equipment.
There have not been any reports of food poisoning illness from individuals who ate at Dion’s restaurants during the time that the potentially contaminated meat was available. Individuals who experienced listeriosis symptoms, particularly the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems, are advised to seek medical attention.
- Diarrhea; and
- Muscle aches.
When listeriosis infection advances, it can impact the nervous system in the following ways:
- Stiff neck;
- Confusion; and
- Difficulties with balance.
For most individuals, no medical treatment is necessary to combat listeriosis. If symptoms in an otherwise healthy individual do not subside on their own within a few days of their onset, the patient may be prescribed antibiotics.
When a pregnant woman suffers from listeriosis, doctors may be quick to prescribe antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading to the fetus.
How Can I Suffer Financially from a Listeria Infection?
If you experience aa severe listeriosis infection, you can easily accrue large medical bills for the treatment you receive. You might also lose wages and other forms of compensation due to having to leave work to recover from your illness. You can seek compensation for both of these expenses through a personal injury claim as well as compensation for any other damages related to the infection, such as the need for over-the-counter medication.
If you choose to file a food poisoning claim to seek compensation for your damages, you will need to prove that another party caused you to suffer from listeriosis through negligence. For example, if you can demonstrate that you suffered because you consumed contaminated food at a catered event, the catering company may be liable for your damages. Your lawyer can work with you to procure the evidence you need to support your food poisoning claim.
Work with an Experienced Mundelein Food Poisoning Lawyer
If you or your child have suffered from food poisoning as the result of a food retailer’s negligence, consider working with an experienced personal injury lawyer to file and pursue a food poisoning claim. To learn more and get started on your claim, contact our team of experienced food poisoning lawyers at Newland & Newland, LLP today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve clients in the Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Libertyville, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Itasca areas.
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