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By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for many attractions, including its restaurants. Visitors and residents can choose from fine dining, exotic cuisine, all-you-can-eat buffets, and much more. The vast majority of the time, these establishments take great care in making sure their food is prepared properly and safely. But once in a while, a mistake can happen – which could result in food poisoning for a patron.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the common types of food poisoning:

e.Coli – This bacterium is most prevalent in foods that have not been cooked at the proper temperature for the right length of time. Symptoms, which include abdominal cramps and diarrhea (which may be bloody), often manifest themselves two to eight days after consumption.

Listeriosis – The listeria bacterium can get into all kinds of food via contaminated soil or water. The symptoms generally include fever, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle aches; but can worsen if the bacteria spread to the nervous system.

Salmonella – This bacterium can get passed onto foods from food handlers who fail to properly wash their hands after going to the bathroom. People will begin to see symptoms 12 to 72 hours after contamination, and could experience fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

Norovirus – This pesky virus can exist on food preparation surfaces and can affect different types of food. Common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach cramps, and they arise about 24 to 48 hours after infection. 

If you experience the symptoms of food poisoning shortly after eating at a Las Vegas restaurant, seek medical attention. If you sustain substantial medical costs as a result, you may want to consider hiring a qualified personal injury attorney to assist you in getting appropriate compensation.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.