Why do I need a hepatitis A lawyer?
Hepatitis A is an acute liver disease, one that infects an average of 2,500 Americans yearly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you or a family member are one of those unfortunate victims, you might have reason to consult an experienced attorney to help you seek reparations for your pain and suffering.
Elliot Olsen has been helping people injured by hepatitis A for almost three decades. A seasoned hepatitis A lawyer, his experience has taught him how to ask the proper questions and conduct a thorough investigation.
What exactly is hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A – or Hep A – is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. It can also result in fulminant hepatitis, a severe complication in which the liver begins to die and often requires an immediate liver transplant to avoid death.
Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests the virus from contact with food or drinks contaminated by an infectious person, someone who hasn’t washed their hands after a bowl movement.
Some people who contract hepatitis A show no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include the following:
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- abdominal pain
- dark urine
- clay-colored bowel movements
- joint pain
- jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Why is an investigation necessary?
The food vendors in your community – restaurants, delis, and grocery stores, to name a few – must follow local food safety rules, which are set by the city, county, district, or state. All food safety rules have similar requirements regarding the source of the food, how it is processed, the temperatures at which it is stored and cooked, its handling, and – perhaps most importantly in reference to hepatitis A – hand washing by food handlers and servers.
An independent investigation is paramount to the success of a lawsuit involving hepatitis A because it determines what caused the illness, and if negligence is involved. Hiring Mr. Olsen – an experienced hepatitis A lawyer – is important to helping you not only gain the answers you seek but also help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.