“Food poisoning” is a general expression referring to sickness that can arise from food contaminated with harmful bacteria. However, the term can encompass a wide range of illnesses, each of which arise from a different bacteria and contaminates the body in a different way, even though many of the symptoms are similar to other types of bacterial infections or invasions. One such illness is called botulism.
Botulism is a very rare yet extremely dangerous illness that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When the bacterium enters the body, it releases a toxin that can cause paralysis and eventual respiratory failure. A person can be infected either through the colonization of the digestive tract, through the contamination of a wound, or through ingestion of a contaminated food source.
When the bacterial toxin enters the body, the toxin first causes paralysis to the muscles of the face. The paralysis then spreads to the muscles in the limbs. If not treated, the paralysis can cause respiratory failure and result in death. Anyone experiencing the following symptoms of botulism should seek immediate medical care:
- Loss of facial expression
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Weakness in arms and legs
- Difficulty breathing
- Double vision
- Drooping eyelids
If you or a loved one has suffered severe illness because of botulism or another food-borne illness, you may be eligible for compensation from the party responsible for your sickness. Contact the Wisconsin product liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your rights and your legal options.