Los Angeles Product Liability Lawyer

When you purchase food for you and your family, you trust that the manufacturer is marketing food that is safe. But what happens when your food is bad, contaminated, or contains foreign objects?

At Herrera Law PC, our Los Angeles product liability lawyer has helped many clients who have been harmed by bad, contaminated, or improperly manufactured food. If you have developed an illness, or have been injured due to a product you purchased, contact us to learn more about your legal rights.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a very painful illness that may require medical attention or even hospitalization depending on the cause. Some of the most common causes of food poisoning include:

  • Tainted beef
  • Contaminated eggs, milk, or poultry
  • Listeria contamination (common in produce)
  • Unsanitary conditions in restaurants or food-prep areas
  • Inadequate hand-washing by employees handling food
  • Back-dated meat or fish
  • Frozen dinners that have gone bad and been re-frozen
  • Wait staff improperly handling food, sneezing, spitting, or otherwise contaminating food

Allergic Reactions to Food

Food allergies are very common, with around 2-10 percent of Americans having some form of food allergy. The most common food allergies are:

  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Shellfish

Did you know that sometimes allergic reactions to food are the result of someone else’s negligence? Restaurants, food manufacturers, caterers, and retailers are all aware that food allergies are a part of everyday life for many Americans.

There are laws and regulations about food labeling designed to help prevent allergic reactions, especially since cross-contamination is a concern during manufacturing. Unfortunately, sometimes labeling is done incorrectly, or not at all. This places consumers at risk for allergic reactions.

Foreign Objects in Food

When you are eating at a restaurant or preparing a meal at home, there may be nothing quite as concerning as finding a foreign object in your food. Sadly, this occurs far more frequently than any of us would care to know. Some studies have found that as many as one-quarter of food-related complaints filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are related to foreign objects. What do these foreign objects consist of? Some examples include:

  • Plastic
  • Glass fragments
  • Insects
  • Hair
  • Bones
  • Rocks
  • Chewing gum
  • Fingernails
  • Toothpicks

Foreign objects in food can cause serious injuries or illnesses, such as:

  • Choking
  • Lacerations to the mouth, throat, or stomach
  • Injury to the gastrointestinal tract
  • Bleeding
  • Food poisoning
  • Bacterial infection (Salmonella, E.coli, Norovirus, etc.)

Contact a Product Liability Lawyer

If you have been injured by bad, contaminated, or dangerous food products, contact Herrera Law PC to speak with our attorney about your case.

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