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Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis virus, which is primarily spread when an unvaccinated person ingests food or water contaminated with the feces of an infected person.

The disease is closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene. The hepatitis A infection does not cause chronic liver disease and is rarely fatal, however, it can cause debilitating symptoms and acute liver failure in rare cases.

Hepatitis A occurs sporadically worldwide and is one of the most frequent causes of foodborne infection. Epidemics related to contaminated food or water can erupt and affect thousands of people. Hepatitis A viruses persist in many environments and can withstand safety processes routinely used to control bacterial pathogens.

The disease can lead to significant public health consequences in communities. It can take weeks or months for people to recover from the illness and return to work or school. The impact on local productivity can be substantial.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury attorney with experience in injuries due to food poisoning. The Lyon Firm has represented plaintiffs nationwide in foodborne illness claims. 


Who is at Risk of Hepatitis Infection?


Anyone who has not been vaccinated or previously infected can be infected with a hepatitis A virus. In areas where the virus is endemic, most infections will occur during early childhood. Risk factors include:

  • Poor sanitation
  • Lack of safe water
  • Use of recreational drugs
  • Living with an infected person
  • Being a sexual partner of an infected person
  • Travelling to endemic areas without being immunized

Hepatitis A is transmitted primarily by the fecal-oral route when a person ingests food or water that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person.

Waterborne outbreaks are associated with sewage or inadequately treated water. The virus can be transmitted through close physical contact, although casual contact among people does not usually spread the virus.


Common Symptoms of Hepatitis A


Symptoms of hepatitis A range from mild to severe, and symptoms generally present between 14 and 28 days after exposure. Not everyone who is infected will have all of the classic symptoms. When symptoms do show, they may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Dark urine
  • Joint pain
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Intense itching

Adults have signs and symptoms of illness more frequently than children. Symptoms may be mild and dissipate in a few weeks, or hepatitis A infection can result in a severe illness that lasts several months.

The severity of disease is higher in older age groups. Infected children under six years old do not usually experience serious symptoms. Among older children and adults, infection usually causes more severe symptoms, with jaundice occurring in more than 70 percent of cases.

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Why are these cases important?

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.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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.

What is the Process?

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.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

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:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

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.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

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 casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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