Food Poisoning in Las Vegas, Nevada
Food Poisoning Lawsuits
When food poisoning causes illness and injuries, you could be eligible to be compensated for medical bills, loss of income, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Call us at 702-432-1000 to speak with a food poisoning lawyer directly. Often on a phone we can tell you if you have a case and what should be done next.
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning is a generic term referring to any illness caused by contaminated food. When germs get on food - that food is considered contaminated.
Food poisoning or food contamination may be caused by: bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins.
If you recently ate and became ill because of the food poisoning, you may have a legal claim.
Do You Have a Case?
To prove that you have a case, a food poisoning lawyer has to prove that food you ate was indeed contaminated and also that eating that food made you ill. Proving the connection between the food you ate and contamination is easier when government health agency announces the disease outbreak caused the food poisoning in your area (e.g., 2013 Salmonella outbreak in Las Vegas, Nevada.)
Food Poisoning as a Personal Injury Claim
Food poisoning lawsuits fall into the negligence, product liability / personal injury category.
Like most personal injury claims, a food poisoning claim deals with two main issues:
- Who is liable, and
- What are the damages.
Duty of Care
Before any negligence claim can move forward, the victim must show that the Las Vegas company owed them what is called a “duty of care." A Las Vegas hotel or casino only owes you a duty of care if you stayed at their resort or used their services (i.e., eating at their restaurants.) Therefore, keeping accurate documentation of your visit is crucial.
Documentation can be in the form of:
- Bank records
- Credit card bills
- Casino e-mails
- Casino receipts, as well as other methods
You need some objective source of proof that shows you were there. If you have some leftovers from foods that you suspect caused illness, they can be tested to determine the source of your illness.
Although there are a few hundreds of different kinds of food poisoning, two of the most common and feared are: E. Coli and Salmonella. In addition, in 2011 and 2012 Las Vegas had Legionnaires Outbreaks.
Food Poisoning: E. Coli
E. Coli is a naturally occurring bacteria found in the intestines of animals. Although most strains of E. Coli are harmless, the E. Coli that produce the deadly Shiga toxin are the most deadly in the United States and are responsible for tens of thousands of illnesses in the United States every year.
Some of these illnesses result in serious hospitalizations for E. Coli and can even cause death. Invisible, odorless, tasteless, E. Coli is a silent killer. E. Coli lurks in all types of foods and beverages and is in even the most high-class restaurants.
Food Poisoning: Salmonella Outbreak in Las Vegas in 2013
With an approximate 42,000 reported cases in the United States alone, Salmonella is one of the most prevalent food borne illnesses in the United States.
It is estimated that more than 294 people have been affected by Salmonella outbreak in Las Vegas restaurant in 2013. The health district closed Firefly restaurant where it happened on April 26, 2013, as a result of the reports of illness.
In 2013 Heshmati & Associates successfully handled six (6) food poisoning cases, all caused by Salmonella food poisoning at the Firefly restaurant.
Food Poisoning: Legionnaires Outbreaks in Las Vegas
Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium known as legionella. In the past few years there have been a number of Legionnaires disease outbreaks on the Las Vegas Strip.
In July 14, 2011, Legionnaires outbreak had authorities looking into the Aria Hotel. On January 30, 2012 an outbreak affected guests staying at the Luxor Resort and Casino.
Statue of Limitations in Nevada
In Nevada the statute of limitations for a food poisoning claim is limited to 2 years, the same as in any other personal injury case.
Food Poisoning Lawyer Can Help
If you are planning to file a lawsuit against food distribution companies, restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, schools or others, call at 702-432-1000 to speak with a food poisoning lawyer and learn what your legal options are.
All food poisoning cases, like all other claims in personal injury category, Heshmati & Associates take on a contingency basis, which means - there is no out-of-pocket expense to you and you only pay if the settlement is collected.
Our clients live in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin South, Boulder City, Laughlin, Mesquite, Clark County and throughout the surrounding areas of Nevada. We also serve tourists who are vacationing in Las Vegas. Our office is located at 515 S. 7th Street in downtown Las Vegas.
Walk-ins are welcome.
- Center for Decease Control and Prevention - You should report all food poisoning incidents to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.