According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria is the third leading cause of food poisoning deaths. This cruel bacteria is especially adept at targeting the vulnerable such as pregnant women, the elderly, newborns, unborn babies, and those with weakened immune systems. If you have recently lost a loved one who exhibited the following symptoms, they may have eaten food contaminated with listeria:
And if your loved one had the following symptoms, they may have suffered a very serious and dangerous complication of listeria infection such as bacterial meningitis. Because many of these symptoms are also common with stomach viruses, such as Norovirus, or foodborne illnesses, including Salmonella and E. coli, it's important that you ask your loved one's physicians to have their blood tested to see whether they may have had a listeria infection.
This information will be especially important if you decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the party responsible for the listeria contamination. On some occasions, it may take days or even weeks for symptoms of a Listeria infection to show up. So if there is even a slight chance your loved one may have passed away due to having eaten listeria-contaminated food, ask to have blood tests performed. You should also report the listeria infection to your state and health departments.
Causes of Listeria Infections
Your loved one may have been infected by:
Filing a Lawsuit
If you discover that your loved one has died because of a listeria infection, contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer experienced in wrongful death suits can:
While a lawsuit won't bring your loved one back, it can help pay for any medical expenses your loved one incurred and also for the loss of any future wages they could have provided for your family.
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