Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Claiming Damages from Food Poisoning : Hello Fresh Recall Leads to Lawsuits

The US’s food supply is considered one of the safest in the world – but 1 in every 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses every year. While most restaurants and fast-food chains adhere to food safety guidelines, there are still some instances when something happens, and contaminated food gets sent to or eaten by a customer.

Just recently, HelloFresh, a meal-kit delivery business, recalled their meal kits because they were possibly contaminated with Salmonella. They were distributed from May 8, 2020, to July 31, 2020, within the entire country.

The onions were believed to be the cause of the Newport Salmonella outbreak, which has caused 869 illnesses and 116 hospitalizations across the US.

HelloFresh has since cut ties with its supplier, Thomson International, Inc., but the CDC maintains that if you have any foods made with the recalled onions, do not eat them, and throw them away.

The company also says that “In the event that the onions have been consumed, please note that thoroughly cooking the product to 165ºF/74ºC, as instructed on the recipe, will kill the salmonella bacteria.”

Even with the possibility of killing the bacteria in high temperatures, food poisoning is still a possibility. Injuries arising from food poisoning can get serious and can cause huge medical bills. When this happens, people usually ask for help from lawyers to file food poisoning lawsuits.

Is Food Poisoning Common?

Food poisoning might be more common than you think. Remember, roughly 16% of all Americans get sick due to food every year. No matter how careful we try to be when preparing our food, something bad may happen. There is always a chance of getting sick because of someone’s carelessness. Like the HelloFresh onion recall, there can also be instances when someone else’s negligence can cause personal injury because of food poisoning.

Some examples of situations where food poisoning might be possible are grocery stores selling spoiled food, manufacturers distributing contaminated food that is not up to health standards, caterers who may negligently serve spoiled salads, and purchasing food after recalls.

When food mishandling occurs, someone probably did not follow health standards on food safety. Negligence in preparing and manufacturing food can cause serious injuries to another person – especially if ingested by a customer, client of hundreds of innocent victims across the country.

What Can You Do If You Get Sick Because of Consuming Bad Food in New York?

Negligence of another in preparing food can cause injury to you. This is why the food industry sets high standards for food safety. The general public will be at risk if mishandling occurs and causes a food poisoning outbreak.

If you get sick after consuming food, always make sure you keep records. Document as much as you can. What can you do?

  • Collect food receipts from food stalls or restaurants that you have eaten at
  • Check if you have taken photos of your food before consuming it
  • If you have been to a wedding or an event, get the caterer’s name and contact information
  • Make a list of everything you ate or drank during the 24 hours before feeling food poisoning symptoms
  • If you had food or meal kits delivered, keep a copy of the receipts
  • Document your symptoms, if possible
  • If you have been brought to a hospital, obtain a copy of your medical records
  • Keep a record of all your medicine

Having documents to back up your claims of possible food poisoning can help if you decide to file a legal action. Once you can, remember to back up these documents digitally, so you always have copies if physical receipts get lost.

Contacting Our Lawyers Helping Victims of Food Poisoning

If you need help claiming damages from huge corporations or companies that might have been negligent in manufacturing or preparing your food, call our dedicated lawyers.

Our lawyers have the experience to help you claim monetary damages if someone has injured you because of their negligence in preparing food. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury victims due to food poisoning and believe in protecting the health and safety of our clients.

Our food poisoning and personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, can help you collect damages if you suffered injuries due to food poisoning negligence. Call us today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free consultation and find out how our New York food poisoning lawyers can help you obtain the damages you deserve.

 

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Employment Discrimination

Pinterest Employees Stand Up Against Employment Discrimination

On August 14, 2020, Pinterest employees organized a walkout in solidarity with three former colleagues who experienced alleged racial and gender discrimination with the company. Aside from the walkout, there is also an online petition calling out for a systemic change at Pinterest.
The company, which is known for its virtual pin boards and mood boards, has been sued by its former COO, Françoise Brougher.

The employment discrimination lawsuit includes allegations of gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. According to the complaint, Brougher was paid less than her male colleagues, was left out of important meetings, and was given gender-related feedback. After complaining about being mistreated, she was then fired.

Before this lawsuit, two Black women who were former employees of the company likewise alleged that they suffered discrimination during their time working at Pinterest. Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks went public with their employment discrimination claims in May, and the company has faced backlash since then.

What Constitutes Employment Discrimination?

According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employment discrimination means that someone treats a person ‘differently, or less favorably’ at work because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, or genetic information.

There are many types of discrimination, and the EEOC protects workers from various kinds.
An example of employment discrimination would be being written up and singled out for discipline because you are black, while your white colleagues never get disciplined for the same infractions. Another example is complaining to the HR about being discriminated against by your superiors, and then being retaliated at for complaining.

Of course, the facts may differ across cases, but there is a similar pattern: that one person gets treated unfavorably because of race, color, religion, sex, age, and others.

What are Some Federal Laws That Protect Workers from Employment Discrimination?

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate someone because of his race, color, religion, national origin, or sex
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act expanded the protection under Title VII to include discriminations due to pregnancy, childbirth, and/or a medical condition related thereto
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits sex-based wage discrimination among men and women who are performing equal work in the same workplace
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects employees who are 40 years of age or older
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects persons with disability and makes it illegal to discriminate against them before or during employment

There are also state and city laws that protect employees from workplace discrimination.

What Are Different Types of Employment Discrimination?

  • Unfair Treatment – This usually happens when a person is treated unfavorably due to his race, color, religion, sex, age, etc. Some examples are singling out a person due to his color and disciplining that person alone when several other employees are involved in an incident.
  • Harassment – Harassment should be so severe that it hinders the employee from performing his or her job. An example would be pestering an employee for sexual favors while working.
  • Denial of a Reasonable Workplace Change – Asking for accommodation because of disabilities or religious beliefs. An example is giving a person with a walking stick or a wheelchair, the task of running errands in a multi-story building without accommodations for his disability.
  • Retaliation Due to Complaints About Job Discrimination, or Because of Investigation or a Lawsuit – This happens when a person is discriminated at work or treated poorly because of complaining about some job discrimination. An example is suddenly demoting a person who has complained about sexual harassment against her immediate superior.

Regardless of the type, if your rights have been violated, we may be able to help.

Call Our Experienced Employment Discrimination to Enforce Your Legal Rights

If you feel discriminated at work, it is always best to consult with lawyers. Our employment discrimination lawyers can help you figure out the best ways to enforce your rights under our laws.

Try to gather information about your discrimination at work so you can have solid evidence against your employer and/or perpetrator. Keep records of relevant emails and statements. This can help you prove your case in the long run.

If you have experienced any kind of employment discrimination at work, our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, can help figure out the best way to move forward. Our employee discrimination lawyers are experienced helping employees file EEOC charges and lawsuits, and protecting your rights under the applicable laws.

Protect yourself from employment discrimination. Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free consultation with our employment discrimination lawyers.

 

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Thousands of Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in NY

New Yorkers File Nearly 4,000 Lawsuits Against Sexual Abusers

Saba Ali, writing for the Poughkeepsie Journal in August 2020, reported that the number of lawsuits filed in New York under the Child Victim’s Act is nearing 4,000. “Last August, the law allowed survivors of child sexual abuse one year to file claims against those responsible for abuse regardless of how long ago the incident took place.”

The law intended to allow child abuse victims to seek compensation and accountability from their abuser despite decades having passed since the abuse allegedly occurred. According to Ali, victims throughout the state have taken advantage, seizing the opportunity to seek justice against the people who hurt them and the entities that failed to protect them.

According to the New York Office of Court Administration, as of early August 2020, 3,797 lawsuits were filed in the state with “109 filed in Westchester, six in Dutchess and four in Rockland. New York County had the highest number of claims with 851.”

CVA Raised the Age to File Child Sexual Abuse Claims and Established Lookback Period

The state that at one time, had some of the most restrictive statutes of limitations applicable to sexual abuse, is trying to make things right for its citizens who suffered as children. Except for the one-year lookback window, the CVA allows victims of child sexual abuse to file claims until the age of 55 (formerly 23). This provides what victim-advocates hope is ample time for abuse victims to come to grips with their trauma and memories and decide whether to seek justice by filing a lawsuit.

The act also gave everyone who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child a one-year period during which to file a lawsuit.

Cuomo Extends CVA Window Another Year, More Lawsuits Expected

The lookback window was set to expire in August 2020. Governor Cuomo recently extended this window an additional year. Victims of child sexual abuse now have until August 2021 to file their lawsuits. It will not be surprising to see thousands of new cases filed in the months to come.

Thus far, cases have been filed in New York courts against various defendants from local school districts to large organizations such as The Fresh Air Fund, Rockefeller University, and Boy Scouts of America.

Some law firms reported having to turn away potential clients “because of the limited time.”
Perhaps now, those victims of child sexual abuse will be able to have their day in court.

Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP, for an Evaluation of Your Sexual Abuse Claim

Did a boy scout troop leader molest you? Did a priest sexually abuse you? Did a member of the clergy sexually assault you? Were you the victim of sexual abuse as a child?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it is time to seek help from experienced child sexual abuse lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. Our lawyers know how to handle sexual abuse cases with discretion and compassion.

We want you to receive the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-403-6191 to find out how to protect your legal rights to seek the damages you deserve.

 

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More Women Have Died From Allergan Breast Implants

Our Allergan Breast Implant Lawyers Are Reviewing Lawsuits

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our lawyers know that when pharmaceutical companies make and sell medical devices, they are obligated to ensure a reasonable level of safety. They are also obligated to warn doctors and patients about the risk associated with their products. When medical devices harm patients who receive them, patients might be able to collect monetary damages from the pharmaceutical companies.

Some of the medical devices that harm patients or increase the risk of injury include hernia mesh, Paragard IUDs, and breast implants. Several patients have filed lawsuits against the makers of these devices. Breast implants made by Allergan are currently at the center of a controversial debate about their safety. Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, are reviewing breast implant lawsuits now.

Thirty-Six Deaths Linked to Recalled Allergan Breast Implants

On August 24, 2020, Fortune reported that more women than initially thought have died from cancers related to Allergan breast implants. Maria Aspan confirmed in her article that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added three additional names to the list of fatalities caused by breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), directly linked to Allergan recalled breast implants.

Aspan writes, “At least 36 women have now died of a cancer known as BIA-ALCL, or “breast implant–¬associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma,” according to data the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

BIA-ALCL-is not breast cancer. It is a type of lymphoma that has been directly linked to the use of textured breast implants.

The cancer has been particularly prevalent in women who have received Allergan’s textured implants.

Allergan Recalled Textured Implants After Dozens Died From Cancer

In July 2019, Allergan recalled its textured implants after 33 women died of BIA ALCL. The FDA report from August stated that three additional women died during the months leading up to the recall. Despite the recall, the textured implants continue to affect women across the nation and world, some of whom may still not realize they are in danger.

Current only as of January 2020, FDA data states that “it recorded160 new cases of BIA-ALCL in the six months ending early January, including 139 cases linked to Allergan implants. More than 733 women worldwide have now developed the disease, including 620 with Allergan implants and 384 women in the United States.” Based on these numbers, it seems that more breast implant-related deaths are inevitable.

Allergan is One of Several Manufacturers of Dangerous Breast Implants

While most cases of BIA-ALCL are linked to the textured implants made specifically by Allergan, Aspan writes that there are other manufacturers of breast implants that might also be responsible for some of the BIA-ALCL cancer cases. Johnson & Johnson and Sientra are two such companies.

The FDA is allegedly working with all manufacturers to assess the safety of their breast implants. The FDA has also sent warning letters to the companies about their “breast implant operations.”

FDA Recognizes Other Illnesses Associated With Breast Implants

For years, women have asserted that breast implants have led to various aches, pains, and problems that they did not anticipate or know about before receiving their implants.
Many of these women have opted for breast implant removal.

The FDA has recently recognized 2500 new cases of what is called BII or “breast implant illness,” which is a collection of symptoms related to breast implants. BII has been controversial over the years and has no real definitive diagnosis. However, many women report that their breast implants have caused chronic fatigue, memory loss, and joint pain. Perhaps the FDA’s official recognition of these cases means that someone is taking the dangers of breast implants seriously.

Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP for a Free Evaluation of Your Allergan Breast Implant Case

If you or someone you love had or have Allergan textured breast implants and was diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, call our lawyers today. You might be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of your breast implants.

Call 800-403-6191 for your free case evaluation.

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