Just when you thought it was safe to eat again after the recent romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak, Jimmy Dean has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of its sausage meat after at least five customers found ribbons of metal laced through their links. Though no one has been injured to date, the metal does pose choking, laceration, and even poisoning dangers. Reports of the laced links started hitting the U.S. Department of Agriculture on December 10th, and appear to be in the 23.4-ounce frozen packages of Jimmy Dean Heat ‘n Serve Original sausage links made with turkey and pork produced and packaged August 4, 2018, with a use-by date of January 31, 2019.
To Bring a Personal Injury Lawsuit, There Must Be Physical Injury
Though chemical and biological contaminants are far more common than physical contaminants, sometimes foreign objects are found in food. For anyone that has experienced this, they know it can be a very upsetting event, which can lead to internal bodily damage and even cracked teeth. Lawsuits are allowed under personal injury claims for foreign objects found in food. To bring a suit, there has to be some injury, not just emotional distress. Common injuries include lacerations in the mouth and throat, damaged teeth, and illness or allergies reaction due to ingestion of the foreign object. As of yet, no injuries have been reported in the Jimmy Dean sausage case.
What to Do If You Are Injured by Foreign Objects in Food
If you are injured by foreign object in food, there are three steps you should take. First, keep the foreign object that caused the injury. Second, try to gather some proof or witness that can verify that you did not prepare the food that the foreign object was found in. And lastly, gather any records, such as medical or dental, that can prove injury, as well as the fact that the injury didn’t exist prior to ingesting the foreign object.
Personal injury claims arising from foreign objects in food is a state claim. Therefore, state laws may differ on what else is necessary to do to prove your claim. If you have experienced such an injury, contact a local personal injury attorney. A legal adviser can best explain your rights, and instruct you on what further evidence you may need to gather to bolster your claim. Eating is a basic human necessity, and should not need to be a hazardous event. If you’ve been injured, contact an attorney today.