VIBRIO INFECTION


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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vibriosis causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United States every year. About 52,000 of these reported illnesses are thought to be the result of eating contaminated food.

People with Vibriosis develop infections by consuming raw or undercooked seafood or exposing a wound to contaminated seawater. The majority of Vibrio infections occur from May through October each year, when water temperatures are warmer. The most commonly reported species of Vibrio is estimated to cause 45,000 illnesses each year in the United States.

Most people with a Vibrio infection become infected by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly raw oysters. Certain Vibrio species can cause a skin infection when an open wound is exposed to contaminated brackish or salt water.

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


Food Risk & Vibrio Infection Lawsuit


People with compromised immune systems, especially those with chronic liver disease, are more likely to get vibriosis. Eating raw seafood like oysters, and exposing open wounds to brackish or salt water can increase a person’s chance for getting vibriosis. Other health conditions that place people at high risk for Food-borne Illness from Vibrio infections include:

  • Liver disease
  • Iron overload disease (hemochromatosis)
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer (lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Stomach disorders
  • Compromised immune system, including HIV infection

In persons with liver disease, cancer, or another immune-compromising condition, Vibrio can infect the bloodstream, causing a life-threatening illness, or require amputation.

About 50 percent of Vibrio bloodstream infections are fatal, and death can occur within two days. Most people with a mild case of vibriosis, however, recover after about 3 days with no lasting effects.


Common Symptoms of Vibrio Infection


After eating raw or undercooked seafood that has been contaminated by a type of Vibrio, non-bloody diarrhea is the first sign of infection. Most symptoms will present in one to 7 days and last for up to a week. Symptoms associated with mild and severe cases may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden chills
  • Fever
  • Shock
  • Skin lesions

If you develop severe illness within a few days after eating raw or undercooked shellfish, contact a medical professional.

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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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