Food Poisoning Attorney in San Francisco

The meatpacking, poultry, and agricultural industries have invested in lobbying efforts to convince Congress to reduce regulations they view as detrimental to profits and increased productivity. As a result, cases involving E. Coli breakouts and tainted food have exploded since deregulation under the Reagan administration.

At The Cartwright Law Firm, our San Francisco Food Poisoning Lawyers work with medical professionals, lab specialists, and food safety experts in holding restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, meatpackers, and vegetable growers financially liable for a food-borne illness that results in serious injuries and death. Our San Francisco office has the resources needed to conduct tests on tainted products, interview witnesses, and subpoena video footage and production reports from meatpacking plants and restaurants. We identify violations of health codes, unsanitary conditions, and back-dating practices used by grocery stores to sell expired meat.

If you have suffered serious health complications requiring hospitalization due to food poisoning, contact our San Francisco Food Poisoning Lawyers today. We can evaluate your case to determine if you have a legal cause for action.

Sources Of Food Poisoning

  • Tainted beef
  • Contaminated poultry, eggs, milk
  • E. Coli / salmonella tainted vegetables
  • Listeria contamination
  • Unsanitary restaurant conditions
  • Wait staff or cooks urinating or spitting in food (hepatitis threat)
  • Inadequate hand washing by restaurant employees
  • Tainted frozen dinners and potpies
  • Back-dating of meat or fish

Food Contamination And Serious Health Complications

While some forms of E. Coli result in symptoms that last only a few days, E. Coli O157:H7 produces a toxin (Shiga toxin) that damages the lining of the small intestine and can be deadly to young children. Other forms of bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Bacillus cereus type 1 produce a toxin when they multiply as well. Botulism, a deadly nerve toxin, can lead to paralysis and death if left untreated. While some people can effectively fight these infections, in others they lead to serious medical complications and fatalities. In young children and elderly persons, E. Coli in a hamburger or salmonella in chicken can lead to serious medical complications and organ failure.

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In recent years, nation-wide recalls of contaminated beef, apple juice, vegetables, frozen dinners, chili sauce, and other food has become all too common. Part of the reason is related to increased centralization and industrialization of food processing. In the case of beef production, relaxed regulations and inspection standards have resulted in increased amounts of fecal matter in hamburger meat and other beef products. As documented in Eric Schlosser’s book, Fast Food Nation, the desire to increase profits places all of us at risk.

The Politics Of Food Poisoning – Fighting Back

We’re prepared to demand accountability and justice for our clients. We have the experience, investigative tools, and expert witness resources needed to recover damages and compensation for our clients and put the meat processing and food industry on notice. We represent clients in San Francisco, Oakland, San Mateo, the Peninsula, Lake County, and throughout the Bay area.

Our successful case results are a reflection of the values and virtues we believe in and uphold at Cartwright Law Firm. Nothing stops us from pursuing justice on behalf of those who need it.

Robert E. Cartwright Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner

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