“Food Poisoning” is a term used to describe a wide variety of viruses and bacteria typically found in mis-handled food.  The most common types of food poisoning are caused by Salmonella, Norovirus, E. Coli, Listeria, Botulism, Staphylococcus Aureus, Shingella, C. Perfringens, and Campylobacter.  Millions of people in the United States are affected every year by some kind of food poisoning.  As anyone who has had food poisoning can attest, it is as unpleasant an experience as a person is likely to ever have.  For those that are predisposed, whether because of age, health or physiological composition, food poisoning can be deadly.  Food poisoning only occurs when someone mishandles food – most typically through cross-contamination – but also because of unsanitary conditions in food prosessing, packaging and distribution facilities.  One common thread connecting all cases of food poisoning is that it is preventable.  In fact, if manufacturers, packagers and distributors follow good food handling practices, there will never be an outbreak of food poisoning.  In plain language, food poisoning only occurs because someone made a mistake that never should have happened – because those that handle food know better. 

Call a Qualified Food Borne Illnesses Attorney

Because the term “food poisoning” describes a wide range of organisms, it is important to have a qualified and knowledgeable attorney to represent you.  Your attorney needs to have a strong background in biology and also needs to be an accomplished lawyer.  The combination is hard to find.  Mr. Merman graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Biology in 1998.  Baylor University is one of the top universities in the nation for biological study and Mr. Merman graduated with honors.  Likewise, Mr. Merman graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 2004.  In his years of practice, he has helped his clients collect millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.  Mr. Merman won two verdicts over $10,000,000 before turning 40 years old.  Before you hire an attorney to fight for you, ask about his background in science and make sure he is an accomplished trial lawyer.  Mr. Merman is the rare combination of scientist and lawyer…and he is very good at both.

The left-hand column contains links to pages where you can get more information about the most common types of food borne illnesses including Salmonella, Norovirus, E. Coli, Listeria, Botulism, Staphylococcus Aureus, Shingella, C. Perfringens, and Campylobacter.  You can also check our blog for information about recent food recalls.

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