My loved one got food poisoning in a nursing home. What are my legal options?

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Contracting food poisoning is always horrible, but for some members of the population it can be fatal. It’s estimated that roughly 5,000 people annually die from food poisoning, and 300,000 people are hospitalized. There are close to 80 million cases of food-borne illnesses in the U.S. alone each year.

There are a number of types of bacteria and germs that can cause food poisoning. The most common are listeria, Campylobacter, salmonella, and E. coli. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, stomach pains, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, and nausea. It’s common for signs of food poisoning to start within a few hours of eating the contaminated food, although it can take days or even weeks.

Most of the people who die from food poisoning are either the elderly or the very young. It can be tough to know the exact source of the contaminated food in most cases. However, if a person is in a nursing home and gets food poisoning, it’s obvious that the nursing home or its food service company are responsible, unless the person became ill from eating food brought in by others.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for nursing home residents to receive contaminated food. Many nursing homes are facing worker shortages and budget crunches, and it’s common for sanitation rules to be ignored and spoiled food to be served in that type of environment. If a nursing home resident does exhibit signs of food poisoning, it’s important that he or she get medical help as quickly as possible as soon as the signs first appear.

If your loved one has suffered from food poisoning in a Houston nursing home, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Facebook to learn more about our firm. 

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