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Chipolte’s Recent Food Safety Issues

Posted on January 18, 2016 by

Chipotle – best known for providing high-quality, fresh ingredients in its nation-wide burrito chain stores – was linked to several food-borne illness cases in 2015. According to a BuzzFeed news report, the problems occurred in its California and Minnesota stores in addition to those located in Washington and Oregon. Chipotle has experienced as many as three outbreaks over the course of a few months.

Chipotle is not alone in experiencing food-borne illness problems. Indeed, the strain of e. coli affecting its Pacific Northwest stores is the same one that affected Jimmy John’s restaurants in 2012. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of foodborne outbreaks has been steadily increasing since 2011.

If you or someone you know believes he or she has been contaminated with a food-borne illness as a result of the wrongdoing of another, contact a seasoned Brooklyn personal injury attorney right away.

Top Food-borne Illnesses

There are several types of food-borne illnesses, commonly referred to as “food poisoning,” which can make a person sick. The most common, however, are E.coli, norovirus, salmonella, shigella, and hepatitis A. The first three are the top food-borne illnesses, according to research.

  • E.coli – this is a bacterium that produces a deadly toxin and is found in undercooked or raw meat (particularly hamburger meat) produce, and raw milk. E.coli is responsible for about 73,000 cases of foodborne illnesses annually in the U.S. Symptoms include cramping, dehydration and severe diarrhea.
  • Norovirus – the leading cause of diarrhea in the nation, this highly infectious virus transfers to any type of food if it is handled by someone who has norovirus. Symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting and cramps.
  • Salmonella – the most common cause of foodborne deaths, salmonella causes millions of cases of foodborne illnesses and can be found in raw or undercooked eggs, seafood, dairy products, undercooked meat or poultry, as well as fruits and vegetables. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, cramps and fever.
  • Shigella – poor hygiene allows shigella to be easily passed from person to person, and accounts for approximately 300,000 cases of diarrhea. Sources of shigella consist of unclean water, milk and dairy products as well as salads. Symptoms beyond diarrhea include fever, chills and dehydration.
  • Hepatitis A – a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus, which can affect anyone and can consist of isolated cases or a widespread epidemic. Symptoms include jaundice, loss of appetite, cramps, diarrhea, fever and fatigue.

Personal Injury Attorneys & Help in New York

Foodborne illnesses are a costly, yet preventable, public health risk. The CDC estimates that each year 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning. As many as 250 different foodborne illnesses have been recognized. If you or someone you know is experiencing any or all of the symptoms listed above and resides in New York, food poisoning may be the cause. Accordingly, an experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney should be contacted immediately. The legal professionals at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum serves all of New York, including Brooklyn and the Bronx. Call (718) 237-5586 or click here today for your initial case evaluation.

Secretly Recorded Conversations May Lead to Coal Baron’s Trail

Posted on December 24, 2015 by

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Donald L. Blankenship, one of the most powerful men in West Virginia and former chairman and CEO of Massey Energy, is presently on trial in federal court as a result of a fatal accident involving one of his company’s coal mines according to a recent New York Times article. Back in April of 2010, the death of Blankenship’s 29 employees brought to light the company’s purportedly less-than-stellar safety record. Indeed, the accident is known as America’s deadliest coal mining disaster in almost four decades. The case against him is the first of its kind to press criminal charges against a coal baron, which alleges willful violation of safety laws in pursuit of profits. Continue reading

Deadly Legionnaires Disease Leaves 12 Dead in NYC

Posted on August 14, 2015 by

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An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx has left a dozen dead since the pandemic began in July, according to a recent USA Today news report. Mayor Bill De Blasio claimed the plague was on the decline, particularly since no new cases had been recorded. More than 100 total cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported, with over 75 people hospitalized but released. City health authorities reported all of the deaths in the South Bronx were of people with preexisting health conditions. If you or someone you know was recently injured due to the fault of another, contact a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury attorney immediately to preserve your rights under the law. Continue reading

Recent Injury Calls New York Construction Site Safety Into Question

Posted on July 7, 2014 by

New York City construction projects involve the use of heavy machinery at large heights and around densely populated pedestrian areas.  That said, the staggering number of construction accidents calls into question the safety of city construction sites on a routine basis.  If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, the first step you should take is to contact a Brooklyn Accident Lawyer for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.

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Texting and Driving Leads to Catastrophic Injuries

Posted on May 9, 2014 by

 Widely available statistics indicate that there is no safe way to text while driving.  Nevertheless, many people believe they will not get in an accident and continue to engage in this dangerous behavior.  According to a United States Government study, the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012.  However, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.  This is a staggering number that is far too high.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident where you believe the driver was sending text messages while driving, an experienced New York auto accident attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.

Why is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?

Simply stated, distracted driving diverts the driver’s attention away from the primary objective of operating the vehicle in a manner that is safe to him or her and other motorists and pedestrians.  All such distractions are very dangerous, and pose risks to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bystanders in the vicinity of the texting driver.

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Why is the TLC Not Firing Dangerous Cab Drivers?

Posted on March 26, 2014 by

In years past, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission vigorously policed its drivers. The TLC investigated any accusations of reckless driving and prosecuted those individuals when it was warranted. This led to license revocations and suspensions even if the driver was not subject to these disciplinary actions in the court system. Seeking legal guidance from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in New York can help clear up any confusion or concerns you might have regarding your case.

The TLC’s new way of doing things had the effect of removing dangerous drivers after just one event. For example, two cab drivers were involved in a serious collision in 1998 that left one victim with an amputated leg and another with very serious injuries. The TLC reacted quickly and suspended and then revoked the at-fault driver’s license.

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$15 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Citi Bike

Posted on March 7, 2014 by

New York City has several techniques in place to encourage people to commute via bicycle in order to reduce the strain on traffic clogged streets. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, these efforts have led to an average of 45,300 people utilizing their bikes as opposed to other commuting options during the summer months. Unfortunately, a rise in cyclists also means increased injuries, including the more than 4,200 people who were hurt on a bike in 2012. A recent lawsuit that has been filed by Ronald Corwin alleges that he was the victim of one of these injuries, and he is blaming the city and Citi Bike for the fact that he is now suffering from a permanent case of traumatic nerve palsy.

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If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident, in which someone else’s recklessness or negligence may be responsible for your injuries, speak with a New York Personal Injury Lawyer, as you may be eligible to receive compensation.

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New York Doctors Sue United Healthcare for being unfairly dropped due to “ObamaCare”

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

There has been much speculation about how “ The Affordable Care Act” or “ObamaCare”, as it is known generally by its critics, will affect the quality of health care provided to patients in the coming years. According to some, the increased number of patients will strain already overburdened health care providers and hospitals. Others, like the American Medical Association, say that it will not create more patients, just extend coverage to those patients who did not have it before.

One consequence is that some medical insurance companies are trying to limit their potential exposure to claims by eliminating doctors from their coverage. An experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney can help with taking the necessary legal steps in order to get compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident.

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4 Year Old Girl’s Death May Have Been Caused By Dispatcher Cell Phone Use

Posted on January 20, 2014 by

A four-minute delay in an ambulance being dispatched to the scene of an accident involving a four-year old girl may have cost the little girl her life. This is according to a report issued by the New York City Department of Investigation on December 19, 2013. This is not the first tragic consequence of the NYC Emergency Dispatch Center’s slow response to an emergency call. However this one is particularly egregious as it could have been avoided if the Emergency Service operator had been doing her job instead of using her cell phone. Equally bad is that an EMS lieutenant seated next to the operator failed to notice the call on the computer screen because he “was doing paper work”. Hiring a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury attorney will not only help you through the legal steps but will also give you peace of mind knowing you are in experienced hands.

The DOI found that on June 4, 2013, a teen driver with no license was attempting to elude police in an SUV. At the intersection of 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the teen struck the girl and her grandmother. A request for an ambulance dispatch was made immediately, but it took the Manhattan EMS Medical Dispatch Center four minutes to respond. It then took the ambulance another four minutes to reach the scene. The little girl succumbed to her injuries shortly after being transported to St. Luke’s Hospital.

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