At Schlesinger Law Offices, we are proud to be known as leaders in food safety litigation in Fort Lauderdale and across South Florida, tirelessly advocating for people who were hurt or fell ill due to contaminated food. Our firm's reputation is built on a long history of successful case results, demonstrating our unmatched ability to tackle even the most complex lawsuits like those filed against large corporations and food manufacturers.
When you or a loved one falls ill due to foodborne pathogens and other types of food contamination, the path to fair compensation can be confusing or overwhelming. With Schlesinger Law Offices and our South Florida food contamination lawyers on your side, you'll have a team that's not just familiar with the challenges ahead, but also one that has consistently overcome them, securing justice for our clients, time and again. We fight relentlessly, leveraging our vast experience to hold responsible parties accountable and secure the compensation you deserve.
Call (954) 467-8800 to start with a free consultation about your food contamination case.
Starting a food contamination lawsuit without experienced legal counsel can be a daunting task. The complex nature of these cases requires a thorough investigation of the incident, a determination of liability, and an understanding of the nuances of food safety regulations and laws. A Fort Lauderdale contaminated food attorney from Schlesinger Law Offices can navigate these intricate processes on your behalf. Our team is equipped to handle all aspects of your claim, from an in-depth investigation of the food contamination incident to fighting for a settlement or award through litigation. With our firm by your side, you can focus on recovery while we fight for the justice you deserve.
Why pick Schlesinger Law Offices for your food contamination case?
- We have recovered more than $165 million in recent settlements and verdicts for product liability clients.
- We have brought successful product liability claims against major defendants, including automakers and Big Tobacco.
- We are a legacy law firm with more than 70 years of practice experience handling all types of injury claims and class action lawsuits.
- We are trial attorneys who are committed to seeing every case to its conclusion, which means litigating and appealing when necessary.
Learn more about how we can help with your personal injury case during a free initial evaluation. Give our award winning attorneys a call at (954) 467-8800, or contact us online to schedule a time to speak with a member of our team.
$60 Million Product LiabilityThe firm obtained a $60,000,000.00 verdict against General Motors after the vehicle the McGee family was driving was engulfed in flames due to a fuel-fed fire, and Shane McGee was tragically burned to death. Gregg helped litigate the matter and prepare it for trial.
$37 Million Product LiabilityJury verdict for the family of our client, who died of lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris cigarettes.
$20 Million Product LiabilityAttorneys Scott Schlesinger and Jonathan Gdanski recently secured a $20 million jury verdict for Herbert Landi, the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer in 1999 caused by smoking cigarettes.
Food contamination is a common risk that affects millions of people every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's estimated that around 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses and related injuries occur each year in the United States, which is roughly 1 in 6 Americans.
Food contamination can result in a variety of illnesses and symptoms, such as:
- Painful stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Kidney failure
- Death (by severe illness or allergy)
Four Types of Food Contamination
At Schlesinger Law Offices, we can thoroughly investigate all types of food contamination cases. Our experienced team delves into each incident to find the root cause and prove liability when it is contested. Our firm's comprehensive approach ensures that no stone is left unturned as we seek justice for clients who were hurt by food contamination.
The four main types of food contamination are:
- Microbial contamination occurs when harmful microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, or fungi are present in or on food. Some of the most notorious strains of microbial contamination include salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.
- Chemical contamination happens when food comes into contact with harmful chemicals, such as pesticides used in farming, cleaning agents, or unsafe food additives.
- Physical contamination refers to foreign objects being present in food like fragments of glass, metal, plastic, or bones. Physical contamination is likely to cause internal injuries or cause choking hazards.
- Allergenic contamination occurs when food becomes contaminated with substances that some people are allergic to, like peanuts, shellfish, or gluten. Even if these allergens are not an ingredient in the product, cross-contamination during production can still pose a risk to people with food allergies.
Food Recalls When Contamination is Identified
A food safety recall is a critical procedure monitored or ordered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect consumers from potential or confirmed food contamination. Typically, a recall will instruct grocers to take items off shelves and consumers to discard any unsafe products they have already purchased.
Recalls can serve as an important piece of evidence in a food contamination legal case. An experienced food contamination attorney from Schlesinger Law Offices can delve into the details of the recall, including the reasons behind it, the extent of the problem, and how promptly and effectively the recall was carried out. This information could be a solid foundation for your case.
What is Strict Liability in Food Contamination Cases?
In terms of liability, food contamination claims often fall under the category of 'strict liability'. Under strict liability rules, a company can be held liable for damages without the need to prove negligence or fault. In other words, if a product is deemed defective or unsafe (such as contaminated food), the manufacturer or distributor can be held responsible, regardless of whether they acted with care. This legal principle can benefit a client's food contamination claim, as it focuses on the harmful outcome rather than the actions leading to it.
Learn About Food Contamination Lawsuits – Call Now
Whether it's a case of listeria linked to peaches, salmonella from oysters, or other foodborne illnesses, people who are hurt by food contamination have the right to seek justice and compensation. Using our in-depth knowledge of strict liability laws and our proven investigative strategies, our Fort Lauderdale contaminated food attorneys are ready to help you hold food manufacturers accountable. If you've been affected by a foodborne illness, don't hesitate to reach out. Let us fight for your rights to ensure that your voice is heard.
Call (954) 467-8800 today and ask for a free initial case evaluation.
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