Food Poisoning Attorney

Our national food poisoning lawyers have helped hundreds of people win money in both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. In obtaining compensation for our clients, we hold corporate wrongdoers accountable and help prevent future outbreaks of illness.

Our lawyers have won millions or people sickened by tainted food, including $4.5 million for a woman who got sick from restaurant food, $6 million for people sickened by deli meat and over $2 million for a man sickened by raw milk purchased at a grocery store.

Our Experience

Our lawyers have represented people sickened in almost every major foodborne outbreak in the United States for the last 20 years. They have won settlements from big retailers, national chain restaurants, and multinational food companies. Because of our involvement in these outbreaks, lawyers at our law firm have appeared on CBS News, Fox News and local TV stations around the country. They have been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lawyers USA, Law & Politics and other publications.

Attorney Fred Pritzker is nationally recognized as a food safety advocate and litigator. He has been a speaker at Harvard Law School, Cornell University and many other venues. Attorney Brendan Flaherty recently held a roundtable discussion about current trends and issues in foodborne illness litigation. The roundtable was entitled “Food Safety from Farm to Fork: Litigation Perspectives” and was hosted by the ABA Section of Litigation, Food and Supplements Subcommittee.

Client Testimonials

E. coli and HUS Client“When I was seventeen years old, I became very sick with a food-borne illness called E. coli. I later learned that I got the bacteria from an under-cooked meat product. . . . My case was settled for several million dollars. It is comforting to know that when I am no longer able to work, I will still be able to provide for my family.”  Read the full testimonial.

Listeriosis Clients“When John tested positive for listeriosis, our family was horrified. We had no idea what had made him sick or how any of this was possible. . . . Following the advice of my family, I began to interview lawyers.  Fred Pritzker came into the rehab hospital in July to meet with my brother and I. Fred met John, and quietly told me that John could and would recover.  He knew more about Listeria meningitis than any doctor I had so far met!  He gave me hope, and when I hired him, he gave us his care and advice many times.” Read the full testimonial.

Pathogens That Cause Food Poisoning

Our lawyers have won personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving the following pathogens:

Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are our lead lawyers for our food poisoning cases. They are part of our law firm’s Bad Bug Law Team®.

Bad Bug Law TeamOur Bad Bug Law Team has millions of dollars for clients:

  • $4.5 million for a young woman who contracted an E. coli infection from steak served at a national chain restaurant and then developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
  • Over $3 million for a pregnant woman who lost her unborn twins after contracting a foodborne illness
  • $2.7 million for the family of an 81-year-old man who died after contracting a foodborne illness
  • $1.7 million on behalf of a 57 year-old man who developed Listeriosis after eating deli meat tainted with Listeria bacteria.
  • A record recovery for a Minnesota Shigella victim
  • Over $1 million for a client who became ill from ground beef contaminated with E. coli
  • Over $1 million for a woman who ate meat contaminated with E. coli O157
  • Over $1 million for a client who became ill after eating deli meat contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

How a Food Poisoning Lawyer Proves a Food Poisoning Claim

A person injured by food poisoning has to prove three things in order to make a successful food poisoning claim:

  • Fault – that the food seller or processor did something wrong with regard to food  processing, preparation, storage or handling;
  • Causation – the fault of the seller or processor caused the food to become contaminated and that the contaminated food actually caused the illness; and
  • Damages – the harms and losses suffered by the victim as a result of consuming the contaminated food.

This involves a number of disciplines including medicine, microbiology, epidemiology, sanitation, food safety and agriculture among others. Food poisoning lawsuits are complex and science-based. Because our lawyers have handled so many food poisoning cases, they have access to microbiologists and epidemiologists that may be needed as expert witnesses, and they have the legal and scientific knowledge necessary to understand and effectively utilize scientific evidence.

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