Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation in the liver and is most often transferred through the handling of food. When the virus enters the body, it can take several weeks for symptoms to arise, although they may persist for many months. Symptoms of Hepatitis A include yellow skin, low fever, fatigue, darkened urine and pale stools. Some individuals also report itching, nausea and loss of appetite.
Though the risk of death is relatively low with Hepatitis A, the recovery process is usually very long. It can take as long as six months to fully recuperate, and the virus may be contagious for as long as six weeks during and immediately following the incubation period.
In the U.S., food borne Hepatitis A cases occur in the thousands every year. Outbreaks of Hepatitis A are often linked to poor sanitation or hygiene among restaurant workers and food preparers.
At Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, our food poisoning lawyers believe that restaurants with staff that practice unsanitary habits responsible for Hepatitis A outbreaks should be penalized and held accountable for their actions. It is our job to represent the thousands of people who are exposed to hepatitis A and other food borne illnesses every year. Contact us today to see how our Hepatitis A attorneys can help you.