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Food poisoning lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D., is licensed in the state of Texas, with his office in Katy, Texas.

27715 Guthrie Ridge Lane, Katy TX 77494.  phone 281-851-9343.  A Texas food poisoning lawyer who has worked with victims of Vibrio, Shigella,  salmonella, listeria, E. coli, Hepatitis, and other pathogens . If you need a Salmonella Lawyer, aListeria Lawyer, an E. coli Lawyer, a Hepatitis Lawyer, or any other food poisoning lawyer, give me a call!

Botulism

This is one of the most dangerous, and deadly, of the bacterial pathogens.

Cyclospora

Often imported on produce, this nasty parasite can cause illness that goes on for months.  THere have been many cases of Cyclosporiasis from eating cilantro or other produce from Mexico.

NOTE: When you are at the doctor's office, make sure and request a stool test and  REPORT YOUR FOOD POISONING TO THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.  Documenting the type of pathogen and reporting food poisoning enables the health authorities to locate the source of the outbreak and prevent further injury to people in your community and across the nation.  Also, you may want see about preserving your legal rights to recover medical expenses, lost work and other damages by speaking to a food poisoning lawyer.  A case of food poisoning is like getting hit by an automobile - the driver of the negligent vehicle (in this case, those responsible for the food you ate) will often have an insurance policy to cover situations just like this one.  In fact, in most states, there are requirements on insurance policies for many individuals and businesses.  For this reason, most food borne illness claims can be settled without filing a lawsuit, though the filing of a food poisoning lawsuit is often necessary to attain a full recovery.

Anytime you get sick from food poisoning, knowing If you are the only one, or if you are a part of a larger outbreak, is important.  If you are uncertain if you are part of a larger food borne illness outbreak, speaking to a food poisoning lawyer can help.   There are a number of national and regional recalls in place any anytime, and there are also local and state health agencies who tack the occurrence of food poisoning.  Knowing how to determine if your illness is part of a larger outbreak is vital to being able to prove the origin of your illness - if more than one person becomes ill from ingesting a particular product, that product should be tested and the company notified of a potential outbreak.  This is what the local and state health agencies attempt to do, in coordination with the CDC, the FDA, the USDA, and FSIS.   You may be entitled to file a food poisoning lawsuit, or at least filing a claim with the insurance agency, in you can find out where you acquired food poisoning.  It is possible you can be compensated for your illness, and even more importantly, you can help state and local agencies make sure that more people are not sickened and prevent it from happening again.  A food poisoning lawyer may help you decide if a food poisoning lawsuit is right for you and to walk you through the process of filing a food poisoning lawsuit or claim.

Keep in mind Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations for each of the 50 states determine how much time you have to file a claim!

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LEGAL COUNSEL
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE SOURCE OF FOOD POISONING

by Texas Food Poisoning Lawyer Tony Coveny

The CDC tracks food poisoning by using questionnaires with food poisoning victims.  The questions are centered on what food a victim ate in 17 categories.  The 17 categories were taken from the three major food groups -Aquatic food (fish and shellfish); Land food (dairy, meat, eggs); and Plant food (grains, beans, oils, sugars, and produce).   The CDC uses the food consumption questionnaires  to trace the source of a food poisoning outbreak to a particular item, such as peanut butter or lettuce. 


While memories are not 100%, the information victims provide usually allow health investigators to narrow the focus to one type of food, and thereafter to a particular product.  

To better track food borne illness outbreaks, in 2009 the CDC launched the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) to work with state and local health agencies to compile information about food borne illnesses. It records pathogens  such as bacterial (from an E. coli outbreak, Salmonella outbreak, or Listeria outbreak), viral (a Hepatitis outbreak or Norovirus outbreak), parasitic (a Cyclospora outbreak), or even chemical or toxin induced outbreaks.  NORS is now responsible for collecting information about:

WATERBORNE ILLNESS OUTBREAKS (SUCH AS OUTBREAKS LINKED TO DRINKING WATER, AS HAPPENED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN CONNECTION WITH LAKE ERIE)
FOOD BORNE ILLNESS OUTBREAKS (INCLUDING MANY OUTBREAKS OF SALMONELLA, E. COLI,. LISTERIA, AND CYCLOSPORA)
ANIMAL CONTACT ILLNESS OUTBREAKS (THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF HIGH-PROFILE OUTBREAKS OF E. COLI and/or SALMONELLA LINKED OT PETTING ZOOS)
ENVORONMENTAL CONTAMINATION LINKED OUTBREAKS (FROM LEAD POISONING TO NUCLEAR LEAKAGE)
AND ANY OTHER ENTERIC ILLNESS OUTBREAK, INCLUDING THOSE OF UNKNOWN ETIOLOGY UNKNOWN

Campylobacter

Campylobacter is one of the most common forms of food born bacteria.

Legal Counsel: Call a Food Poisoning Lawyer  to discuss food poisoning, Salmonella, E coli, Listeria, or Hepatitis A.  Call me directly at 281-851-9343.  Feel free to send a text!

Listeria

Recent outbreaks include caramel apples and cantaloupe, but traditionally, this follows consumption of raw milk, milk products like ice cream, and Mexican style cheeses.  It can be VERY dangerous to pregnant women, the elderly and the very young. Often (but not always) only a spinal tap culture can detect listeria. The diagnosis is often meningitis.

E. coli (STEC)

E. coli usually results in heavy amounts of blood in the stool.  This potentially deadly pathogen can cause kidney failure (HUS), and potential victims should seek medical attention.

Hepatitis A

A person who gets Hepatitis A will have it for life, and in some instances it can lead to serious liver disease.  But even non-life threatening cases can lead to months and months of fatigue and malaise.  Incubation is typically 15 to 50 days!

Food poisoning lawyer

Food Poisoning Legal Counsel: When a particular pathogen is linked to an outbreak, investigators look to see if anyone else was made ill from the same pathogen.  For example, if two individuals get salmonella, they are often tested to see if the illnesses are related, or part of the same food poisoning outbreak.  Investigators conduct further analysis of the samples and see if both have the same serotype of Salmonella.  If one has Salmonella Newport and another Salmonella Braenderup,  the illnesses are likely not related.  If both have Salmonella Heidelberg, analysis is done to see if they both share the same genetic code. 


Scientists use pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)  - like a genetic fingerprint (in the Foster Farms Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak,seven PFGE patterns were linked to the outbreak:  JF6X01.0022, JF6X01.0022, JF6X01.0045, JF6X01.0258, JF6X01.0326, JF6X01.0041, and JF6X01.0122.  


In other instances, victims may test positive for E. coli O157:H7, or E. coli O121.  These are also susceptible to further PFGE analysis.
 

If two individuals share the same PFGE pattern, or the same sub-type of another pathogen, it gives investigators a link between victims and they may be  from the same food poisoning outbreak.  The investigators then use a "trace-back" questionnaire to see what foods both victims ate.  The more victims in an outbreak, the easier this will be.  This is why stool testing and proper diagnosis is vital in food borne illness cases. 


 If you have further questions,  about a recall, food poisoning, or possibly securing your legal rights as a food poisoning victim, call or text 713-306-3880.


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Food Poisoning Lawyer: In the event that you become sick with the symptoms of food poisoning, you may  want to:

1. Seek Medical Attention  - you my need to request a stool test!

2. Contact your county, parish, or city's health agency to report your illness!

3. 
Contact a  an experienced Food Poisoning Lawyer!

food poisoning LAwsuits -

by Texas Food Poisoning lawyer tony coveny, ph.d. 


The unfortunate truth is that millions of Americans will get food poisoning this year.  According to the CDC, there will be about 48 million cases of food poisoning this year alone, with nearly 1 in 6 Americans getting ill with one or more of the following: diarrhea, cramps, dehydration, vomiting, nausea, headaches, fever, and severe cramping. 


About 128,000 individuals will be hospitalized with confirmed food poisoning, and about 3,000 will die this year from food poisoning.


What is being done?


There are federal  agencies such as the CDC, FDA, FSIS, and USDA patrolling food and food safety, but the truth is that less than 2% of food is inspected for safety prior to being served. 


As a food poisoning lawyer, I have seen first hand what food poisoning does, and it can be devastating.  MOST Americans will recover without incident when they are sickened in a food poisoning outbreak, but many others will be hospitalized, suffer long-term illness, or even die. 


As a Food Poisoning Lawyer, I have seen many Cyclospora cases where people are sick for months,hepatitis cases where the injury can debilitate a person for weeks or months, E. coli cases where there is permanent kidney damage caused by Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), and cases of salmonella food poisoning where, like in the case of Foster Farms SalmonellaHeidelberg infections, many of the victims have contracted an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella and the salmonella has entered the blood causing  rapidly deteriorating health.  In other salmonella outbreaks, like a recent outbreak of Salmonella Poona, victims suffered post-infectious IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or other long term attack on their immune system.


As a food poisoning lawyer, I have spoken to many victims who, immediately after getting ill, do not know the extent of their injuries.  A client's interests are usually to settle their food poisoning lawsuit quickly, but prudence can dictate that a victim first seek a medical determination of their long-term prognosis.  While statistics show most victims of food poisoning recover without incident and within a couple of weeks, more and more literature and research support the linkage between cases of acute gastroenteritis caused by food poisoning and the possibility of long-term irritable bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), HUS for E. coli victims, or Reactive Arthritis for Salmonella victims.   


What to do if you get food poisoning...


If you are part of a food poisoning outbreak, do not be the majority of the 48 million who "ride it out" without questioning the source.  Always report food poisoning to your local health agency, and if warranted, you may choose to seek medical attention and have a stool culture performed.  Medical attention can be vital to make sure that food poisoning is properly treated (often, physicians and medical professionals treat the symptoms, which are commonly dehydration, nausea, abdominal cramping and bodily pain, vomiting and diarrhea - you may need to request a stool culture).  Reporting to a health agency makes sure that it is apprised of the situation so that it can track the source of any given pathogen and work to prevent, or at least minimize, the impact of a food poisoning outbreak of salmonella,E. coli,Listeria,hepatitis A, Cyclospora,botulism,Campylobacter,Vibrio, or Norovirus.