Posted on: 28 April 2020Share
Food poisoning can lead to mild, moderate, or severe symptoms. In some cases, food poisoning can even be fatal. However, if you are pregnant, even food poisoning with mild symptoms can lead to severe health problems. One particular form of food poisoning that is very dangerous to a fetus is listeria. If your child experiences birth defects due to food poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation.
Birth Defects Caused By Food Poisoning
Infants are at risk of being born with a low birth rate or being born prematurely due to food poisoning. Babies born prematurely are more likely to suffer from health problems later on in life. Food poisoning can also lead to life-threatening infections in the blood, such as meningitis.
Meningitis leads to swelling in the brain. Babies who are born after experiencing swelling of the brain might suffer from blindness, seizures, and problems with the brain, heart, and kidneys. Another bacterium that is foodborne and can cause birth defects is t.gondii. This bacterium can cause mental disability, blindness, and other severe health problems.
Responding to Food Poisoning
If you ever get food poisoning, make sure to seek medical attention. You will have a more difficult time tracing any birth defects to food poisoning if you don't have a record of visiting the clinic. You will want to pinpoint what made you sick. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, you may be able to deduce the type of food that might have given you food poisoning.
Seeking Compensation for Birth Defects Caused By Food Poisoning
One way the food might have made you sick is if you ate at a restaurant and the restaurant was negligent in preparing the food for you. Another problem is when a food manufacturing plant fails to test sufficiently for listeria. This can lead to a batch of a food product, such as nacho cheese, containing listeria and causing listeriosis.
Preserving the food that made you sick is an important part of proving your case. If the food tests positive for the pathogen that made you sick, you could then use this fact to prove that the food made you sick. Gathering all of this evidence and connecting it to the birth defect of your child can be challenging. For this reason, it's important to work with a birth defect lawyer who can help you win your case or settle out of court.
For more information, reach out to a birth defect attorney in your area.