It is estimated that 5,000 people die each year in the Unites States from foodborne illnesses. Over 300,000 are hospitalized. Waterborne illness is the leading cause of disease and death worldwide.
News reports of food recalls and water illness outbreaks in recent years have shed light on this problem, raising people’s awareness of food and water safety. However, the strict regulatory health and sanitation codes that food suppliers and water system operators must adhere to, are, unfortunately, not always followed. In many cases, proper food processing, testing, handling, and storage procedures are ignored; foods are not properly packaged or refrigerated; employees do not wash or sanitize their hands; and meats, poultry, seafood and dairy products are undercooked. Similarly, proper education, training, and maintenance of water sources and systems is critical for the prevention and control of waterborne illnesses.
Although consumers may not see these unsafe conditions, their consequences are felt in the form of harmful pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites, including:
If you have been affected by any of the above, contact our Albany litigation attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP for a free initial consultation.
These harmful pathogens also threaten recreational water facilities such as swimming pools, water parks, spas, lakes, and rivers. Improper design, treatment, and operation of water systems can lead to water contamination, whether due to poor education and training of staff; supervision of recreational bathers; inadequate filtration and chemical treatment; or the failure to implement proper health safeguards and monitor sanitary conditions.
Symptoms of food and waterborne illness include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration. These symptoms may appear within 24 hours or weeks after exposure depending on the nature of the infection. In people with impaired or compromised immune systems, including pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly, severe medical problems may result, such as hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), and, in the worst cases, lead to death.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP has a track record of helping victims of food poisoning and waterborne illness. Uncovering safety problems and holding food and water service providers responsible requires the skill and personal attention of an Albany litigation attorney with knowledge of the different disease-causing pathogens; experience working with experts in the fields of infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology, biochemistry and immunology; and awareness of applicable industry standards of care and governmental health regulations. Our attorneys handle claims on behalf of individuals as well as outbreaks affecting thousands of victims.
We have successfully certified numerous outbreak cases as class actions: