Most of us operate under the assumption that the ham purchased at Wegman’s is safe, after all, every single person who comes into contact with the ham from the moment the hog steps into the slaughter house until you serve it must adhere to strict safety protocols. Knowing this makes the news that in 2014 Wegmans issued a recall for nearly 6 thousand pound of deli stores shocking.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) the ham itself isn’t the problem. The real issue is that the pieces of plastic used to protect the ham are contaminated, which in turn, contaminates the meat. According to sources, the problem was discovered by one of Wegman’s employees who was slicing the ham when they found a piece of plastic that appears to have broken off the supplier’s interlocker belt.
“It’s very lucky that the problem was discovered before anyone fell ill from eating the contaminated ham,” Drew Warren, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in California said when he heard the news.
Anytime there’s a story about recalled food, it’s natural to feel a sense of panic, especially if you go into the fridge and see you have a half eaten baggie of the same ham.
Situations like this are exactly why the current safety system is used by grocery stores and everyone else involved in food production. The long list of safety precautions everyone follows increases the likelihood of a problem being discovered and corrected before anyone has an opportunity to eat any of the contaminated food. However, there are times when the system doesn’t work and someone does eat contaminated food and ends up falling ill.
If this happens to you or someone you love, the first thing you need to do is get to the nearest hospital and get treated. There’s an endless list of health complications that can arise from eating contaminated food, including the development salmonella and E. Coli.
Make sure you save all of the invoices, bills, and additional documentation you receive from the medical facility where you were treated. You’ll need to have all of this information when you contact an attorney and start the paperwork needed to file a claim against the business responsible for making you ill.
Some people are hesitant to file a personal injury claim because they ate food that made them ill. They feel making the matter a legal matter makes them appear selfish. It doesn’t. The personal injury lawsuit accomplishes two things. First, it forces everyone to look at how things could have been handled differently so that the situation that caused you to get sick can be avoided in the future.
The second thing that the personal injury lawsuit does is provide you with the financial resources needed to make up for your medical expenses, lost wages, and the amount of suffering you endured.