What was the cause of the illness? The incubation period – the amount of time between ingesting food contaminated with Listeria and the onset of symptoms – can make it difficult to determine the precise source of an illness. Listeria symptoms usually start to present within one to four weeks, although some victims have reported experiencing symptoms as late as 10 weeks. However, if you learn that a food you ate is the cause of an outbreak of listeriosis, you might have a claim, and therefore a need to contact Elliot Olsen for a free consultation.
How serious was the illness? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diseases produced by Listeria can infect anyone and can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the area of the body that was infected.
If you experience dangerous complications when infected with Listeria, then you probably have a good reason to contact Elliot. Those most susceptible to Listeria complications are pregnant women, newborns, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems.
If you are pregnant and contract listeriosis, the symptoms can seem flu-like, but the illness can result in premature delivery, miscarriage, stillbirth, infection of the baby, or even death. For others, symptoms can include fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, and muscle aches.
If you fall into these categories, then it’s time to consult Elliot. He can provide peace of mind by guiding you and your family through the process of being diagnosed and treated, as well as pinpointing the cause and determining what specific legal action to take.
How is a diagnosis determined? To confirm a diagnosis of listeriosis, a doctor or lab technician will take a bacterial culture from body tissue or fluid (blood, spinal fluid, placenta) and run it through tests. The illness is treated with antibiotics.
What happens once a diagnosis is confirmed? Having Elliot representing your interests is important. After a diagnosis has been confirmed, he will ensure that the doctor or lab reports it to the state health department. If the source of the illness hasn’t been determined, an epidemiological investigation can be conducted to identify the source, and also help reveal if the infected person is part of an outbreak.
Why file a lawsuit? If you or a family member have experienced serious consequences from your illness, you have reason to seek compensation. Elliot can help you and your family decide what legal action to take. He will get the answers you need, and also seek the proper recompense for your family’s pain and distress, including having medical bills paid or lost income recovered.
For more information about hiring a Listeria lawyer, watch the short video below.