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New York Salmonella Attorney

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that causes an infection known as salmonellosis. This infection primarily affects the intestines and can lead to symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting.

Characteristics of Salmonella

  1. Bacteria Type: Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped, Gram-negative bacteria.
  2. Common Species: The two main species that infect humans are Salmonella enterica and Salmonella bongoriS. enterica is more common and has many subspecies and serotypes.

Transmission

  • Food and Water: Salmonella is often transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food or water. Common sources include raw or undercooked meat (especially poultry), eggs, unpasteurized milk, and dairy products, as well as contaminated fruits and vegetables.
  • Animal Contact: Direct or indirect contact with infected animals or their environments can also spread the bacteria. Reptiles, amphibians, and birds are common carriers.
  • Person-to-Person: Transmission can occur if an infected person does not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and then handles food or objects that others touch.

Symptoms

Symptoms of salmonellosis usually begin to manifest between 6 hours and 6 days after the initial infection. Some people may start experiencing symptoms as soon as 6 hours after consuming contaminated food or water, particularly if a large number of bacteria were ingested. For others, the onset of symptoms can be delayed up to 6 days. This longer incubation period can occur due to a lower bacterial load or the individual’s immune response.

Young children, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems (e.g., those with HIV/AIDS, undergoing chemotherapy, or on immunosuppressive medications) are at higher risk of severe illness.

  • Initial Symptoms: The first signs of salmonellosis often include nausea, a slight fever, and abdominal cramps. These initial symptoms can escalate as the infection progresses.
  • Progression: Symptoms typically become more severe over the first 24 to 48 hours, with diarrhea and vomiting becoming more prominent. Fever and abdominal pain also intensify during this period.

Complications of Salmonella

  • Dehydration: Severe diarrhea and vomiting can lead to significant fluid loss, requiring intravenous fluids.
  • Bacteremia: In rare cases, Salmonella can enter the bloodstream (bacteremia), leading to more severe and potentially life-threatening conditions such as septicemia, meningitis, or infections in other parts of the body (e.g., bones, joints, or the heart).
  • Reiter’s Syndrome: Post-infectious complications can include reactive arthritis, known as Reiter’s syndrome, characterized by joint pain, eye irritation, and painful urination.

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Diagnosis: Diagnosis is usually confirmed through stool tests that identify the presence of Salmonella bacteria.
  • Treatment: Most cases do not require specific treatment other than rehydration and rest. Severe cases may require antibiotics and hospitalization to manage complications.

Prevention

  • Food Safety: Proper cooking and handling of food, avoiding raw or undercooked eggs and meat, and washing hands thoroughly after handling raw food can help prevent infection.
  • Hygiene: Regular hand washing, especially after using the bathroom, handling animals, or changing diapers.
  • Avoiding Contaminated Water: Drinking safe, treated water and avoiding untreated water sources.

How Can a Salmonella Lawyer Help?

A Salmonella lawyer can provide invaluable assistance to victims of foodborne illness by leveraging their expertise in personal injury and product liability law. At the Lange Law Firm, we offer initial consultations to explain your legal rights and evaluate the case’s viability.

We can help you recover costs associated with medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When the outbreak is linked to specific products, we can pursue product liability claims against manufacturers, distributors, or retailers, gathering and presenting evidence to support the case. Lawyers handle negotiations with insurance companies to ensure fair settlements and represent clients in court if necessary.

New York City Salmonella Statistics

Over 11,000 Salmonella cases were reported in New York City between 2013 and 2022, with the highest spike in 2019 with 1551 cases. In 2022, the New York City Salmonella incidence rate per 100,000 people was 15.5, compared to 16.4 for the statewide incidence rate.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the 0-4 age group was the most affected by Salmonella, with 219 cases in 2020 and 272 cases in 2021. However, in 2022, there were slightly more cases for people aged 60 and over, 263 compared to 260 cases for the 0-4 age group.

We Can Help

Have you been impacted by Salmonella? Don’t face this alone. Call The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or message us online for a free consultation. We will thoroughly investigate your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.