Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. The majority of cases occur as isolated events, and can be short unpleasant illnesses, or they may lead to severe complications in individuals. Infections can be fatal, resulting in an estimated 120 deaths each year.
Campylobacteriosis, caused directly by bacteria, is an infectious disease and one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates Campylobacter infections affect more than 1.3 million people every year. Most cases are not part of recognized outbreaks, but can be damaging nonetheless.
Certain organisms exist in abundance and are commonly found in the intestinal tracts of cats, dogs, poultry, cattle, swine, rodents, birds, and some humans. The bacteria pass through the feces and cycle through the environment. The bacteria can be found in contaminated, untreated water.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury attorney with experience in injuries due to food poisoning. The Lyon Firm has represented plaintiffs nationwide in foodborne illness claims.
People with Campylobacter infection usually present with serious diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. As in other forms of food poisoning, the diarrhea may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting.
Symptoms of infection usually occur within 2 to 10 days after the bacteria are ingested. In some severe cases, physicians prescribe antibiotics. The illness typically lasts about a week. Symptoms may include:
Two age groups are most commonly affected by Campylobacter: children under 5 years of age and young adults aged 15-29. Anyone may become ill but infants, young children, pregnant women, and older adults are at a higher risk for foodborne illness, as are people with weakened immune systems.
In people with weakened immune systems, blood disorders, AIDS, or people receiving chemotherapy, food poisoning occasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes a life-threatening infection.
Infection caused by Campylobacter bacteria is usually caused by consuming unpasteurized milk, raw or undercooked meat or poultry, or other contaminated food and water. The bacteria can exist in the intestinal tracts of people without causing any symptoms or illness, but studies show that consuming only a few hundred Campylobacter cells can cause the illness.
With good sanitary practices on farms, food processing plants, and distribution chains, Campylobacter can be controlled and minimize the opportunity for the dangerous bacteria to spread among animals and foods. Regular pasteurization of milk and the treatment of drinking water supplies eliminate common routes of transmission.
Contamination in food processing plants is almost always preventable. Food processing companies are accountable for following sanitary guidelines that control the spread of Campylobacter and other bacteria.
Most people with a Campylobacter infection recover completely within a week, and infection rarely results in long-term consequences. However, about 1 in every 1,000 illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). GBS occurs when a person’s immune system is triggered by an earlier infection, such as a Campylobacter infection and the antibodies the body creates against Campylobacter attack one’s nerve cells.
Symptoms of GBS appear several weeks after diarrheal illness. GBS can lead to muscle weakness or paralysis that lasts for a few weeks to several years, and often requires intensive medical care. Most people recover fully, though some suffer permanent nerve damage, and some have died of GBS. As many as 40 percent of GBS cases in the United States may be triggered by an infection.
Infections may lead to meningitis, urinary tract infections, or reactive arthritis. Some studies have estimated that one to 5 percent of people with Campylobacter develop arthritis. Symptoms, which appear on average 18 days after infection, include inflammation of the joints, eyes, or reproductive organs.
Other complications of food poisoning infections may include cases of appendicitis or infections in other parts of the body like the abdominal cavity, heart, central nervous system, gall bladder, urinary tract, or the blood stream.
Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.
Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.
Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.
Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.
Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses. Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.
Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations. Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.
Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.
Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.
In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.
Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:
The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.
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Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.
Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.
Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury, automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases. The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of the largest companies in the world.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law.
(Brown County, Kentucky): The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.
(Cincinnati, Ohio): The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.