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

27715 Guthrie Ridge Lane, Katy TX 77494.  phone 713-306-3880.  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!

Lawyer/Attorney anthony c coveny pllc © All Rights Reserved.  Food Poisoning Lawyer here to help you with filing your food poisoning lawsuit!

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

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!

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...

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 the food poisoning instance can enable the health authorities, usually in your county health department, to find the source and prevent further injury to people in your community and across the nation.  Also, you may want see about preserving you rights to recover medical expenses, lost work and other damages.  If you decide to protect your legal rights, contact 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, the producer or preparer of your meal) 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 your are the only one, or if you are a part of a larger outbreak, is important.  If you are uncertain if you are the only one or 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 o f a food borne illness outbreak.  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 form 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 USADA, and the 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 how you acquired food poisoning  not only is it possible you can be compensated for your illness, but even more importantly you can help state and local agencies make sure that more people are not sickened and that the sort of activities that allowed the food to become contaminates are less likely to happen again.  A food poisoning lawyer is best situated to help you decide if a food poisoning lawsuit is right for you and to walk you through what you will need to file 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!

For a list of the CDC's Most Wanted list of Six National Outbreaks being investigated .... click here!Type your paragraph here.

LEGAL COUNSEL
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE SOURCE OF FOOD POISONING

by Texas Food Poisoning Lawyer Tony Coveny

The CDC has broken all of the thousands of foods sold in the U.S. into 17 categories, in three sub-fields.  These subfields are then broken into 17 categories which form a hierarchy for tracing the source of a food borne outbreak.  The 17 categories come from three basic groupings, including Aquatic (fish and shellfish); Land (dairy, meat, eggs); and Plant (grains, beans, oils, sugars, and produce).   These questionnaires are used to find a source target these areas, as attributing a food poisoning outbreak to a particular source requires information about the victims.  While memories are not 100%, they usually allow health investigators to narrow the focus to one type of food, and thereafter to a particular product.  For a list of Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations, click here!!

In 2009, the CDC launched the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) which works with state and local health agencies to compile information about food borne illness, be it 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 due to a toxin.  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 713-306-3880.  Feel free to send a text!

Listeria

Recent outbreaks include caramel apples and cantaloupe, but traditionally, this follows consumption of raw milk and Meixcan style cheeses.  It is VERY dangerous to pregnant women.

E. coli (STEC)

Often identified by blood in the stool, this potentially deadly pathogen can cause kidney failure (HUS), and should be medical treated...

Hepatitis A

A person who gets Hepatitis A will have it for life, and in some instances it can lead to serious liver disease.  Even non-life threatening cases can lead to months and months of fatigue and malaise

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 (usually form stool tests in food borne illness) and see if both have the same serotype of Salmonella.  If one has Salmonella Newport and another Salmonella Braenderup,  the illnesses are not related.  If both have Salmonella Heidelberg, analysis is done to see if they both share the same subtype.  Scientists use pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to identify the subtypes - kind of like a genetic fingerprint. At present, in the Foster Farms Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak, at least seven PFGE patterns are linked to the outbreak:  JF6X01.0022, JF6X01.0022, JF6X01.0045, JF6X01.0258, JF6X01.0326, JF6X01.0041, and JF6X01.0122.  In other instances, they may test positive for E. coli O157:H7, or E. coli O121.  These are also susceptible to 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 (they are from the same food poisoning outbreak) that can enable them to compare experiences between the victims in an effort to "trace-back" the source (the common element) shared by both victims.  obviously, 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.  You are encourage to contact a food poisoning lawyer if you have any questions or concerns about a recall, food poisoning, or possibly securing your legal rights as a food poisoning victim. CLICK HERE for a list of Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations for all 50 States.

food poisoning LAwsuits -occurrence and risk

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


The unfortunate truth is that millions of American 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 gill with diarrhea, cramps, dehydration, vomiting, nausea, headaches, fever, and severe cramping (to name just some of the symptoms).  About 128,000 individuals are hospitalized with confirmed food poisoning, and about 3,000 die each year from food poisoning.


And while there are powerful agencies such as the CDC, FDA, FSIS, and USDA patrolling food and food safety, 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 is for life, andE. coli cases where there is permanent kidney damage caused by Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), and cases of salmonella food poisoning where, like in the cases of Foster Farms SalmonellaHeidelberg infection, where many of the victims have contracted an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella and the salmonella has entered the blood causing  rapidly deteriorating health.  The antibiotic-resistant strains are often resistant to two or more commonly prescribed antibiotics, as is the case with the recent Salmonella Heidelberg cases. 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 I recommend they wait and first get 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" instead of getting the proper treatment.  Some of you may be able to do so if you are healthy, active, and have a mild case. But for many, the prudent thing is to seek medical attention to properly diagnose the illness (a stool test is usually a  good idea to determine what pathogen made you ill), to make sure that it is properly treated (often, physicians and medical professionals treat the symptoms, which are commonly dehydration, nausea, abdominal cramping and bodily pain, vomiting and diarrhea), and to make sure that health agencies are apprised of the situation so that they 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.