Jennie-O Turkey Store just announced a recall of 55,000 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burgers. The company and government officials said that the meat might be contaminated with Salmonella. Apparently the turkey burgers were distributed nationwide, but only at Sam’s Club stores. As a Pembroke Pines Products Liability Attorney, it goes without saying that If people develop severe injuries and pain from eating the contaminated salmonella turkey burgers, then the company could potentially face personal injury lawsuits.
As of today, 12 people have reported becoming ill in the last four months because of the turkey burgers. These people are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin. It seems that none of these people who became sick have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Jennie-O Turkey Store.
The defective product recall is nationwide, so if you purchased these turkey burgers it is important to check the lot codes on your box with those that were recalled. You can find a full list of the recalled packages on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website located here. The brief report details everything you need to know in the event that you purchased one of the units that is being recalled. You can also visit the company’s recall page here.
As a Pembroke Pines Personal Injury Lawyer, the possibility for a lawsuit depends on the severity of how sick people get from eating the turkey burgers. For example, Salmonella poisoning can be life-threatening to people with a weak immune system. Thus, if someone with that condition had eaten a contaminated turkey burger and become very ill or even died, then a product liability attorney could argue that the defective product directly caused that person’s harm.
Furthermore, if that person were to win the lawsuit, then the company could also be ordered to pay for additional expenses as part of the award. For instance, the company would have to pay for the person’s medical bills that they incurred as a result of getting sick from the defective product. Of course this example is a hypothetical scenario, but it still shows how serious the consequences can be when an unsafe product reaches the market. As a Pembroke Pines Personal Injury Attorney I am available at any time to discuss this or any other recalled product that caused you harm. Please feel free to contact me if you were affected by a recall and would like some more information about your options.