Unfortunately, the state of Florida has the highest number of food poisoning incidents in the country according to HealthInspections.com. The numbers used were based on data from the Centers for Disease Control. The common bacteria found in the food poisoning incidents were E.coli, Norovirus and Salmonella. In Florida, seafood and ethnic foods took the lead in making restaurant patrons sick, with all-you-can-eat buffets (mostly ethnic) coming in a close third.
Sometimes Florida food poisoning incidents are due to national outbreaks. Many times, the food poisoning incidents lead to bans on specific foods such as jars of peanut butter produced by specific companies. When this occurs, foods that may have incorporated the food product in their recipes are recalled as well.
Lawmakers are fighting for increased funding for inspections and for stronger safety laws in order to keep consumers safe. The Centers for Disease Control states that for every reported case of salmonella, 38 cases are unreported.
If you or anyone you know suffered or is suffering from a food poisoning illness, you may be able to collect damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. One of the Florida personal injury attorneys at our firm may be able to fight against those who were responsible for your injuries.
What has to be proven in a successful Florida food poisoning case
- Fault: The claimant has to prove that the food processor or seller did something wrong regarding the food preparation, processing, handing or storage.
- Causation: The claimant then has to prove that the seller or processor caused the food to become contaminated and that the contaminated food caused the illness in question.
- Damages: Last, the claimant has to prove that the claimant suffered harms and losses due to the effects of the contaminated food.