Why You Need a Vibrio Outbreak Attorney
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with vibriosis, a lawyer can investigate and help determine if your case is unique or if there is an outbreak.
If your illness is traced back to a specific person or business that caused your damages, your attorney may recommend a Vibrio lawsuit.
A food safety and injury lawyer can help you understand what’s next if you:
You have a right to safe food that will not make you ill. When someone’s negligent actions cause you to become sick, a Vibrio lawyer can help you pursue compensation while you focus on recovering.
You should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. We can help you pursue compensation to cover the following after a vibriosis diagnosis:
Multiple parties may be liable for a Vibrio outbreak. Generally, the person or company who harvested handled, or served a contaminated food product can be held strictly liable.
Strict liability is a legal theory that holds those companies responsible for damages regardless of the fault of other parties. This encourages companies to follow health and safety guidelines and serve safe food to consumers.
Common liable parties in Vibrio cases include:
Vibrio is a bacterium that naturally lives in coastal waters. It may be present throughout the year, but concentrations tend to be higher between May and October when water temperatures rise.
Common Vibrio bacteria that cause illness include:
Other strains of Vibrio bacteria can also cause cholera; however, the method by which cholera is contracted, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment are different than that for vibriosis.
Vibrio food poisoning typically stems from eating raw or undercooked shellfish. Raw oysters are a common food that leads to food poisoning cases.
Some species of Vibrio can also lead to a skin infection when an open wound is exposed to contaminated salt water or brackish water. Brackish water is a fresh and saltwater mix that occurs when the ocean meets a river or other body of water.
Vibrio bacteria can lead to serious illness. Common symptoms related to vibriosis include:
Ingestion of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria can be particularly harmful. It can cause blistering skin lesions that may lead to limb amputations in the worst cases.
Symptoms usually begin within 24 hours and typically last up to three days.
Vibriosis is frequently diagnosed based on the details involved in a particular case. A diagnosis may be made without laboratory testing if a patient has watery diarrhea and has recently eaten undercooked or raw seafood, especially oysters.
Similarly, a diagnosis may be made if a patient has been exposed to seawater or brackish water and has a wound infection. Alternatively, a doctor can order laboratory tests to determine if the bacteria is present in the stool, blood, or wound.
Most mild Vibrio cases do not require medication or significant medical care. However, people with Vibrio food poisoning should drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhea.
If vibriosis is prolonged or severe, antibiotics may be used for treatment.
There are approximately 80,000 cases of vibriosis in the United States every year, according to the CDC. About 52,000 of those are food poisoning cases caused by eating contaminated food.
Your doctor or healthcare facility should report your case of Vibrio food poisoning to your local or state health department. However, the health department is not required to report an individual case to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can self-report your case of vibriosis to the CDC online.
It is best to report your foodborne illness to the CDC. The CDC will sometimes investigate an outbreak to determine how and why it happened. This can help prevent the situation from occurring again and provide you with a report for your Vibrio lawsuit.
You have a right to know what caused your Vibrio food poisoning. By working with an attorney, you can figure out who is to blame and hold them accountable. OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers have helped countless clients recover millions of dollars to cover their damages.
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