Massachusetts Hepatitis Personal Injury Lawyers – Gilman Law LLP
Hepatitis A is spread from person to person by “fecal-oral” transmission. Typically, this occurs from poor sanitary conditions. Unknowingly, a person puts something in his/her mouth that has been contaminated with the stool of a person infected with the Hepatitis A virus. Contamination is most commonly traced back to food processing plants or restaurants when an infected worker comes in contact with food supplies. Food such as water, shellfish, salad, cold cuts, unwashed fruit, fruit juices, milk products, vegetables, and iced drinks are commonly associated with the outbreak.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year approximately 143,000 cases of Hepatitis A virus infection occur in the United States and 100 people die as a result. Hepatitis A accounts for 40% of all cases of Hepatitis and is the most common form. In most cases, symptoms include mild, flu-like gastrointestinal symptoms. In some severe cases, Hepatitis A can case inflammation and swelling of the liver which cause permanent damage to the liver. An estimated 1/5th of adults required hospitalization. However, most people return back to normal health.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Hepatitis A after eating contiminated food, our Hepatitis injury lawyers are qualified and experienced and can get you the results you deserve.
Unlike Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C is spread through blood to blood contact. Some common ways to transfer hepatitis is through blood transfusions, contaminated medical equipment, infected tattoo needles, genetics, high risk sexual partners, and sharing needles during drug use. Currently there is no cure for hepatitis C. However, there are treatments which will slow down the progression of the disease. Unfortunately, an infected person could go years without showing any outward symptoms.
Common symptoms of Hepatitis C include:
- Loss of appetite
- Pain on the right side
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale-colored stool
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. If left untreated, hepatitis C could lead to severe liver damage, liver cancer, or death.
If you or a loved one has been infected with hepatits C, our team of Hepatitis injury lawyers are here to help and hold the wrongdoer(s) responsible for their negligent or reckless behavior.
Legal Help for Victims of Hepatitis
Gilman Law LLP is a leading personal injury law firm and is here to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has contracted Hepatitis, it is important to contact a lawyer that specializes in hepatitis in order to help protect your legal rights. Many of these actions require you to file a claim within a strict time limitation in order to commence an action for recovery. For a free evaluation of your case, please fill out our online form, or CALL TOLL FREE (1-888-252-0048) today.