FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About Food Poisoning Cases


Researching attorneys is a difficult process. In our experience, many clients ask similar questions while they are trying to determine whether our firm is a good fit for their case. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful in answering some of the questions you have.

Q: How do I know if I can file a Cyclospora food poisoning lawsuit?

If you have been diagnosed by a physician with a Cyclospora infection, you may be able to file a food poisoning lawsuit.  If the health department has contacted you about your Cyclospora infection, you may be part of an outbreak that includes many other people which could allow you to file a claim.  Also, if you have a receipt for the food you purchased that may have caused the Cyclospora infection, you can sue the store or restaurant that provided the tainted food.  Lastly, there may be a claim made against the grower, manufacturer or supplier of the bad food.  

Q: What are typical symptoms of Cyclospora?

Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhea, bloating, increased gas, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, nausea, low-grade fever, and fatigue. In some cases, vomiting, explosive diarrhea, muscle aches, and substantial weight loss can occur. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms. Symptoms generally appear about a week after infection. If not treated, the illness may last from a few days up to six weeks. Symptoms may also recur one or more times. In addition, people who have previously been infected with Cyclospora can become infected again.

Q: What is Cyclospora?

Cyclospora is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope.  Cyclospora is a parasite spread through human feces and is spread when people ingest water or food contaminated with infected stool (poop).  

Q: How will I know what’s going on with my case?

At Marler Clark, we pride ourselves on having constant contact with our clients. From the time you contact us, our attorneys and staff will be able to update you on the status of your case at any time. You are encouraged to contact either the attorney or legal assistant working on your claim whenever you have questions.

Q: How do I contact Marler Clark for a free initial consultation?

You can contact Marler Clark through our free case evaluation form or by calling us toll-free at (800) 884-9840. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm Pacific.

Q: What type of compensation is available?

After a lawyer with Marler Clark has had a chance to evaluate your claim, they will be able to provide you with an estimate of what we think your case is worth in monetary terms. We will take economic and non-economic damages into account. Economic damages include medical and medical-related expenses and lost wages and future income. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Q: What are your fees for handling my case?

Marler Clark does not charge a fee for the initial consultation with our office. If we accept your case, we will charge a contingency fee based upon a percentage of the recovery obtained on your behalf by settlement or jury verdict. We will fully explain your responsibilities as a client in a written contingency fee agreement as well as in person or over the phone. When your case is concluded, we will provide a full written outline of all the fees and expenses for your review and approval before any money is disbursed or fees taken.

Q: Is there a limit to the time in which I must bring my claim?

Statutes of limitation determine the amount of time you have after you were injured to file a lawsuit. In the case of personal injury litigation, the type of injury and the state the injury occurred in are some of the factors used to determine the length of time you have in which to file a lawsuit. Numerous other factors are involved in determining the time in which you have to bring your claim. The Marler Clark attorneys will help you evaluate the time in which you must bring your claim during your free initial case evaluation.

Q: How long have Marler Clark's attorneys been representing victims of foodborne illness?

Marler Clark's attorneys have been representing victims of foodborne illness since Bill Marler represented victims of the landmark 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak.  The firm has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness since that time, securing over $650 million for clients in litigation against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Dole, McDonald's, and Subway.

Q: Is there a charge to have Marler Clark review my case?

No. Marler Clark offers all clients a free initial consultation. If we pursue a claim on your behalf, we will charge a percentage fee based upon the recovery obtained either by settlement or verdict. Before we accept your case, we will provide you with a clear, one-page written contingency fee agreement that fully explains our relationship before we begin working on your behalf.

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