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Food Poisoning Attorney

Lawsuits Over Food Poisoning in San Diego

The McClellan Law Firm represents people who have gotten food poisoning from contaminated wholesale food or unsanitary restaurants.

Food poisoning lawsuits are often filed against:

  • Food manufacturing plants
  • Restaurants
  • Cafeterias
  • Grocery stores

If you contracted a foodborne illness, you may have legal recourse. We encourage you to contact a San Diego food poisoning lawyer at The McClellan Law Firm: (619) 215-1488.

Common Foodborne Bacteria

Food poisoning has more than 250 varieties, and there are thousands of types of foodborne bacteria. Salmonella alone has more than 2,000 varieties. Below is a list of some of the most common foodborne bacteria, how they are contracted, and what their symptoms are.

E. coli

Escherichia coli or "E. coli" is a bacteria that originates in the intestines of mammals. People might come into contact with E. coli through contaminated (untreated) water, undercooked meat, and uncooked fruits and vegetables.


It can take up to two days after ingesting food contaminated with E. coli to display symptoms, which include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.


Listeria is a very serious foodborne illness caused by exposure to the bacterium "listeria monocytogenes." Listeria can be caused by many packaged foods, such as hot dogs and lunch meats. In 2011, there was a Listeria outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes.


People exposed to the Listeria bacterium may not get sick for up to three weeks. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, and stomach upset.


The Salmonella bacterium can come from undercooked poultry, raw eggs, dairy, and seafood products.


The latency period for Salmonella is relatively short, with symptoms occurring between 8-72 hours after exposure.


This particular foodborne illness is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in the country. This condition is uncomfortable and can be painful, but for people with abnormally weak immune systems, Campylobacter can be life-threatening.


After someone is exposed to the bacteria, they display symptoms usually between two to five days later.


Staphylococcus is most often passed onto people through unsanitary and improper food handling. Certain foods are temperature-sensitive, or cannot sit next to other types of food. Proper food handling education and implementation is necessary to prevent staphylococcus.


Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Many people affected with staphylococcus start experiencing symptoms minutes after exposure.

Food Poisoning in San Diego Restaurants

The McClellan Law Firm is ready to investigate personal injury claims against restaurants that may be responsible for spreading foodborne illnesses. For example, back in 2006, a lawsuit was filed against Filiberto’s restaurant after patrons contracted the Shigella bacterium. There have also been complaints that Lucky Star restaurant gave people food poisoning. If you became sick after eating contaminated food at a San Diego restaurant, contact us.

Call a San Diego injury attorney at The McClellan Law Firm today at (619) 215-1488 for a free case evaluation to discuss your food poisoning case.

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