While many people throughout New York will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at home, others are planning to have a night of it. They will flock to Times Square, attend the all-night dance party at the Ditty in Astoria, or attend a visual extravaganza at the Grand Ball at the 1896. At some point between the toasting and dancing, they will likely enjoy a meal at a fine restaurant and, quite possibly, develop food poisoning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an average of 48 million people in the U.S. become ill from food poisoning. Of this number, 128,000 will require hospitalization and 3,000 will even die.

Food poisoning is not something that only results from a poorly-cooked meal. It happens across the country because food manufacturers that cater to the big grocery chains are negligent in the manner they prepare, store, and distribute certain foods, such as:

  • Frozen foods
  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Spinach
  • Peanut butter

Below are the pathogens most responsible for hospitalization and death throughout the U.S.:

  • Botulism is created by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. It usually results from eating contaminated canned foods.
  • Salmonella is generally found in raw and undercooked eggs, meat, and poultry products, but occasionally appears on fruits and vegetables and in unpasteurized milk.
  • coli is a bacteria found in both water and food like rare beef and sprouts. What makes it especially dangerous is that infected people can pass it on to others if traces of the bacteria remain on their hands.
  • Listeriosis is caused by the waterborne bacteria listeria. It is sometimes found in soil too, and has been transmitted via vegetables that were not properly cleaned.
  • Shigellosis is caused by the bacterium shigella, which is found in foods that have come into contact with animal or human waste.

If your New Year’s dinner contains any contaminated foods, then you may experience some of the following symptoms between 24 and 48 hours later:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and abdominal cramps
  • Severe headache
  • Fever and weakness
  • Loss of appetite

Any of these debilitating symptoms can cause you to incur high medical bills and miss time from work, which will harm your financial situation even more. If you become seriously ill from a meal you enjoyed on New Year’s Eve, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who will protect your rights and fight to get you the compensation you deserve from the manufacturer, distributor, or restaurant responsible for the contaminated food.

We hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year. However, if you need a personal injury attorney for any reason, we’re here for you. Contact us at 718-514-6619 for a free in-person initial consultation. To learn more, visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.