Can you imagine going to open a box of fresh greens or lettuce and finding a dead bat? Two consumers in Florida ate salad where they later found a decomposed bat. Neither has reported health issues so far, but the rotting body of an animal known to cause disease is definitely a health concern. The Center for Disease Control couldn't rule out the possibility of rabies. The CDC recommended that those two people undergo the painful and expensive treatment protocol for rabies to be safe. Walmart, who had sold the box of lettuce in question, has recalled the lettuce and is offering refunds.
Thankfully the recall only affects those in the southeastern United States. Arizona stores should not have any of the lettuce that could have come into contact with the rotten bat's corpse during the washing and boxing process. The customers who ate lettuce from the box with the bat should speak with an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible. The courts could find Walmart or the company that boxed the lettuce or both to be liable for the medical expenses and pain and suffering of these two people. Rabies treatment is painful and takes a long time to complete.
Food liability and product-caused injuries are common
Although there are laws in place to protect consumers, manufacturers and retails often cut corners. Doing so puts consumers, like you, at risk. From animal corpses in salad to improperly sealed bottles of beer or hoverboards catching fire, products can cause a host of issues. Consumers deserve to be protected against dangerous or poorly inspected products. Many times, companies will offer settlements to those who are hurt by products. In those cases, those people need an attorney to review the settlement and ensure it is fair, given the extent of their injuries and losses.
When people are sickened or injured by something they purchased, the companies responsible should pay for the damages. This can include missed work, medical expenses and even the cost of therapy if there is a phobia or post traumatic stress. The best way to determine if a retailer or manufacturer is responsible for an injury or illness you experienced because of a faulty product is to speak with an attorney. In this case, you want an attorney with experience in product liability and personal injury cases.
Your attorney can help protect you
Big retailers and insurance companies want to pay as little as possible when they make mistakes. This often means that first settlements are very low. Enlist legal guidance to determine if a settlement offer is low and to help you negotiate for a better settlement offer. If you can't reach a reasonable settlement, your attorney can help you file a civil lawsuit to recover your losses.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001