Encino Food Poisoning Lawyer
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly one out of six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases. When standards for food preparation and safety are not followed, and you or a loved one is injured or killed as a result, you have a right to find yourself a food poisoning lawyer to pursue compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
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At the Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova, we take an aggressive approach to food poisoning cases. With more than 30 years of experience helping clients in California hold negligent parties accountable for their actions, our Encino food poisoning attorney Elia J. Castranova is familiar with the complex medical and legal issues that need to be addressed in food poisoning cases.
Maximum Compensation for Food Poisoning Victims
You trust that the people growing, manufacturing, preparing and serving your food will do their job to ensure that the food you eat is healthy and uncontaminated. When one person fails to follow proper safety standards, you and your loved ones could be the victims of a dangerous food-borne illness. While young children and people with compromised immune systems are especially at risk of serious complications, even healthy individuals can suffer catastrophic injuries after ingesting a contaminated food.
When you work with our firm, Mr. Castranova will complete a full investigation into all of the foods you recently ate to identify the source of your food poisoning. He will also work closely with your doctor to ensure that the full cost of your injuries is calculated into your settlement. He will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Mr. Castranova focuses primarily on cases involving large numbers of people who suffered food poisoning after eating at a banquet or restaurant. He also represents clients who have been catastrophically injured or suffered wrongful death due to contamination.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Encino Food Poisoning Attorney
Our firm accepts personal injury cases on a contingency basis. You will owe an attorney fee only if we obtain compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation with our skilled lawyer, call 818 817 7778 or contact us online.
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I have represented many clients who have been injured, become ill, or required hospitalization and medical treatment as a result of food poisoning. The most important thing in a food poisoning case is documentation. Unfortunately many of these cases are misdiagnosed as the stomach flu, but studies have shown that in most cases, the so-called stomach flu is really a form of food poisoning. When you go to a restaurant to eat and anywhere from two to forty eight hours later you experience nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea, the first diagnoses should probably be food poisoning. Very often there is no way to prove directly which specific food or meal that you ate caused the food poisoning, especially when the sickness presents itself a significant amount of time later. Fortunately, in some of my cases, we have been able to get the department of health involved who was able to establish that unsafe food handling and/or storage practices at the restaurant. This violation is a huge issue and puts a lot of pressure on the restaurant and their insurance company to settle the case quickly.
I had two very large cases involving food poisoning that occurred on the same evening at a chinese restaurant in the Los Angeles area. There were two functions going on at the same time in the restaurant, the first being a child’s birthday party with over a hundred people in attendance, and the second, an engagement party of about fifty people. Later on that night and the next day, dozens of the guests from both of these separate banquets became ill and several were hospitalized for up to a week with very severe sickness. Fortunately, the client that first approached me had reported the matter to the department of health, who quickly responded by inspecting the restaurant finding two major violations. The first of these violations was that ingredients were being stored at unsafe temperatures allowing harmful bacteria to grow on the food, and the second was cross contamination between raw and cooked food that was caused by using the same wood or ceramic surface to prep the raw ingredients and cut up the cooked food before plating. In this case, because so many people had become ill, and we had the documentation from the health department regarding these violations, there was no question that the food poisoning had been caused by the banquet meals. We were able to resolve this food poisoning incident with a rather large settlement, exceeding 500,000 dollars for all the cases put together.
I have also had cases that involve grocery stores that have sold food that was stored at unsafe temperatures resulting in food poisoning. Again, in these cases it is very important to report suspected food poisoning as promptly as possible so that their investigations might reveal any violations that may be the source of your sickness. Whether your sickness is a result of food obtained at a restaurant or from the supermarket, any leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator and handed over to the department of health for testing. Again, documentation is of utmost importance in food poisoning cases. If you suspect food poisoning, a visit to the emergency room where a doctor may diagnose, or at least note food poisoning as the suspected cause of your sickness could mean the difference between having a case, and not. Elia J Castranova