Oregon E. Coli Lawyer
Estimates by the federal Centers for Disease Control say that more than 265,000 Americans are poisoned by E. coli bacteria each year. Of these, more than 3,600 people are hospitalized, and more than 30 people die from associated complications.
Risk associated with E. coli food poisoning has led the United States to enact safety laws and regulations to protect consumers. Under these safety laws and regulations, individuals have the ability to hold manufacturers and businesses accountable for violations that threaten public safety.
Experienced E. coli lawyers in Oregon know that if you fall ill and are diagnosed with E. coli poisoning, it’s important that you understand your rights. Under the law, if someone causes you harm, they are responsible for harm caused.
In most cases, a source of an E. coli infection will have infected more than one person. When multiple infections occur, health authorities will be notified. From there, public officials will investigate to find the source for the multiple E. coli infections, called an outbreak. Outbreak investigations succeed at a comparatively high rate. With biological testing and inspections by trained observers, more often than not companies or persons responsible for outbreaks are exposed.
Experienced E. coli lawyers in Oregon know the ins and outs of the outbreak-investigation process, and can assist public officials during the investigation. Often, a food poisoning attorney will work with public officials to help prosecute the companies or persons responsible for an outbreak of E. coli.
In some cases, it will be left up to the food poisoning attorney himself or herself to investigate and nail down the source of the E. coli poisoning for a client. An experienced attorney knows the investigative steps to take to find the source of an outbreak, and can use this information to hold the responsible party accountable for causing the outbreak.
How Much is My Food Poisoning Case Worth?
E. coli lawsuits are quite common in the Unite States, but the only way to evaluate what a case is worth is through an exhaustive investigation into the liability of the case and the harm caused. Each case is different and should be evaluated on an individual basis.
Because the illness caused is severe, jury awards can sometimes be quite high for E. coli plaintiffs. In addition, hospitalization often occurs for an E. coli patient, and jury awards are allowed to reflect the length of a required hospital stay. Another factor juries consider in gauging an award of damages is whether any long-term, chronic effects can be traced to a poisoning.
How Much Time do I Have to Pursue My Case?
A statute of limitations, set at 2 years, governs food-poisoning cases. You will not be able to bring an E. coli case to court any later than 2 years after the date you consumed a contaminated food product. This time will be quickly consumed by investigations, interviews, and exhaustive gathering of your medical records. Assembling a medical record is a notably time-consuming process. If an illness with E. coli poisoning is recent, there is no big rush, but it is advisable to act somewhat promptly. That way, you and your attorney can forge as strong a case as possible.
If any considerable time has passed since your illness, you are best advised to act speedily. Free of charge, our experienced Oregon E. coli attorneys look forward to an opening conversation with you on your case. Please contact us at 877-928-9147 or submit your information in our Contact Form.