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Salmonella is one of the most common and widespread disease-causing bacteria, resulting globally each year in tens of millions cases of Salmonellosis. In the United States alone, an estimated 1.2 million cases occur every year due to non-typhoidal Salmonellosis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these, there are 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths result from infections.

Based on the most recent data, the number of incidents have decreased in recent years, but remains a public health challenge as new strains of Salmonella bacteria have developed a resistance to commonly used antimicrobials. The secondary treatments now prescribed are often less effective, more toxic, and more expensive.

Recent studies from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) indicates that up to 5 percent of Salmonella strains are resistant to five or more common antibiotics.


Food Poisoning Risks


Many reported Salmonella infections are foodborne. The most common cause of illness is undercooked food of animal origin, most commonly beef, poultry, milk and egg products.

Any consumption of contaminated food can cause symptoms, though immunocompromised individuals are more susceptible to infection. Children under the age of 5 and adults over 65 years of age represent the most likely to contract a related illness.

Also, certain medications, such as drugs to reduce stomach acid, are known to increase the risk of Salmonella.


Salmonella Symptoms


Illnesses related to Salmonella can range from mild discomfort to severe stomach pains. The onset of symptoms is typically anywhere from 6 to 72 hours. Symptoms present as acute gastroenteritis and include the following:

• Sudden onset of diarrhea
• Fever
• Abdominal cramps
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Headache


Symptoms can last for several days, and may cause serious dehydration. Infection can also lead to medium or even long-term bowel disruption. Even after symptoms improve, the bacteria can often be found in the stool for several weeks post-infection.

In the most severe cases, Salmonella infection can spread to the urine, blood, bones, joints, brain, the nervous system, and other internal organs. These invasive infections are quite dangerous and can be life-threatening.


How is Salmonella Spread?


People can contract Salmonella through several different sources, though the most common are passed via contaminated food and water. The food is most often of animal origin, though fruit and vegetables can also carry the bacteria and even processed food can be tainted. ConAgra Company paid over $11 million in fines after a 2007 incident that linked contaminated peanut butter to over 700 cases of Salmonella.

Several outbreaks and subsequent food recalls are reported each year. In 2012, 106 separate outbreaks of Salmonella in America resulted in 64 percent of all food-related hospitalizations. In 2013-14, a single outbreak linked to Foster Farms Brand chicken reached 29 states and infected over 600 persons. The outbreak strains were resistant to several commonly used antibiotics. Other recent outbreaks and recalls include the following:

• A multistate outbreak to Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal products.
• Almost 900 people were infected in 39 states by cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella in 2015. Six deaths were reported. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and Custom Produce Sales both recalled products.
• Chipotle Mexican Grill removed contaminated tomatoes from 22 store locations after more than 60 people reported serious infection. Chipotle has been investigated for several food-related outbreaks over the last year.
• Thirteen people in 10 states fell ill after consuming JEM Raw Brand sprouted nut butter spreads. The company recalled products on December 2, 2015.
• On August 27, 2015, Kapowsin Meats issued a recall of over half a million pounds of pork products after almost 200 people in 5 states were treated for multidrug resistant Salmonella.

In 2018, large egg recalls and raw beef recalls sickened dozens of consumers. 


Long-term Salmonella Effects


A small number of Salmonella patients develop pain in their joints. This is called reactive arthritis. It can last for months or even years, and may lead to chronic arthritis.

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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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