What are Salmonella Bacteria?
Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently reported cause of food poisoning in the United States. This bacteria is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals.
Our cases in this area generally involve contaminated food served at a restaurant or sold at the grocery store (or other retailer, like Costco). When this happens, it means that the food has human or animal feces in or on it. Even so, the food generally does not look, taste or smell unusual.
The Salmonella family includes over 2,300 serotypes of bacteria which are one-celled organisms too small to be seen without a microscope. Two serotypes, S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium are the most common in the United States and account for half of all human infections. Strains that cause no symptoms in animals can make people sick, and vice versa. The bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of infected animals and humans.
For additional information, please see the following:
- Can I Sue a Restaurant for Food Poisoning?
- Salmonella Lawsuit: 5 Reasons to Sue Now
- PFGE Testing to Find Source of Outbreak
What is Salmonellosis?
Salmonellosis is an infection caused by this bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 1.4 million cases and more than 400 deaths annually in the United States.
Our lawyers have represented people sickened and families whose loved ones have died from the illness.
“Most people do not know that salmonellosis can cause serious permanent injury and death,” said Ryan Osterholm, one of our lead lawyers for these cases. He was on the team that won $4.5 million for a client who got food poisoning from steak served at a national chain restaurant. “In a surprising number of cases, patients develop sepsis and organs fail.”
Our lawyers represent food poisoning victims throughout the United States. They have won millions for their clients and advocate for food safety. Their clients have testified before Congress for better food safety laws. Contact our attorneys for a free consultation.