Food poisoning outbreaks caused by popular restaurants, a cruise line or food products, can typically be found in news headlines at least a few times a year. A lawyer for food poisoning from Trujillo Vargas Gonzalez & Hevia, LLP in FL has extensive experience in this area. In 2015, Chipotle received unwanted attention regarding six reported outbreaks of E Coli, where 52 customers became ill. Also in 2015, Salmonella infected 65 people due to frozen tuna imported from Indonesia that was used for sushi. On a local level, in December of 2016, the Orlando Sentinel reported cases of food poisoning in Central Florida have been on the rise. “The Florida Department of Health could not provide an explanation for the sudden increase in outbreaks, but a local investigator for the agency said it may stem from increased awareness” (Orlando Sentinel, 2016). In 2015 alone, there were 29 local food borne illnesses that sickened 123 people in Central Florida.


The outbreaks happened at restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, pools, and homes. About 60% of all reported illnesses come from restaurants and caterers. When there is a large group of people affected, the Florida Department of Health will get involved to try and pinpoint the cause of illness. Some lawsuits are covered thoroughly by the media and others are settled confidentially.

When To Call a Lawyer For Food Poisoning

If you or someone you know became sick or had serious complications, went to the hospital, missed significant time from work or has suffered permanent injuries due to food-borne illnesses such as E Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, or other food-borne pathogens, you may wish to contact a lawyer for food poisoning. Whether your serious injuries were due to the negligence of a restaurant that failed to follow federal and local law or a food manufacturer, you should have your case evaluated by an attorney familiar with food-borne illness claims. The company may have failed to follow their own policies based on an HAACP program, which means you may have a case under Florida law.


These cases are difficult to prove and require quick action by you and your attorney.  Serious injuries are a prerequisite. In order to follow through with a food poisoning lawsuit, you may have to have the hospital or another health authority confirm your illness. There are many different tests you can take to confirm what type of bacteria or pathogen caused your specific case of food poisoning. Keep in mind, your lawyer for food poisoning will also have to know exactly what source caused the food poisoning. It’s important to act quickly with this type of case and to demand food samples from the suspected source.

Some things to remember if you think you’ve been poisoned by a food-borne illness…

  • Save the package! If what you think caused your illness came in a package, keep the package in a contained area.
  • Take photos that can help identify the food.
  • Save your receipts.
  • If there is any leftover food, preserve it!
  • Contact your lawyer for food poisoning IMMEDIATELY!

Contact A Lawyer for Food Poisoning

Our attorneys at Trujillo Vargas Gonzalez & Hevia LLP, have handled multiple cases involving claims of Salmonella infections in food from major grocery chains. Our firm has also handled cases regarding food poisoning from poorly cooked fish, foreign objects in food, expired products left on shelves, and E-Coli infected hamburgers. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants. Our goal is to provide effective problem solving through counseling and litigation with the highest level of integrity, excellence, and judgment. You can trust us to be your lawyer for food poisoning! Visit our website for more information. or call us at 305-631-2528 or 407-603-7940.