Food Poisoning in West Virginia: Hazardous Restaurant Conditions

The restaurant business requires employees to follow a model of top performance to earn a decent living. The fast paced environment requires employees to serve as many customers as possible to obtain the most amount of business and consequently more revenue for the business. It also is supported

by wait staff who work for lower pay and rely on gratuity from customers. While this theory of work standards should support efficiency, there are a number of setbacks that can prohibit customer satisfaction. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident in the state of West Virginia, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation.

Pests and Insects

Unsanitary restaurant conditions are a major cause of food related illness. Failure to properly maintain a facility or adequately clean the premises often leads to an infestation of rodents and insects such as flies, cockroaches, and mice. These insects create a public health hazard because of the spread of disease. According to a spokesman for the health department, “pests contaminate food through droppings, urine, fur, or saliva. They also chew through surfaces enabling other vermin to enter, and their droppings serve as food for insects.”

Failure to Maintain Equipment

Strict compliance with regulations is essential to prevent food related illness. Failure to properly maintain the property causes these illnesses, often a result of improper storage and preparation. Common problems associated with improper maintenance often stem from improper refrigeration and freezing. The failure of these types of equipment causes food to spoil easily and often before the anticipated time. It is also a major cause of food borne illnesses. Problems with heating equipment such as a stove or oven, broiler, or frying equipment is hazardous because it fails to bring food to the proper temperature, which is necessary to kill bacteria and make food safe for consumption.

Food Related Illnesses: Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

If you or someone you know has contracted a food related illness at a restaurant or other establishment, you need to speak with an experienced attorney to determine whether you have a cause of action. During an initial consultation, it is important to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case, as not every illness may rise to the need of filing an action cause of action against the negligent party. Although an upset stomach may not require court action, a victim may want to bring a claim when a severe illness leads to damages such as an extended hospital stay or lost wages. Our attorneys will be happy to speak with you regarding a potential claim.

About Colombo Law

Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our attorneys are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients. We assist clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county.


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