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Keep Foodborne Illnesses Away from Your Thanksgiving Table

According to the New Hampshire injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, each year 48 million people fall sick from foodborne illnesses. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. One in six Americans could get food poisoning this year alone.

Food Safety and the Civil Justice System, a recently published landmark study by the American Association for Justice, traces a growing number of serious foodborne illnesses to questionable practices by some large factory farms [download report]. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions increase the chances of bacterial contamination entering the food supply. Overuse of pharmaceuticals and chemicals to prevent disease in livestock and produce have also been associated with the rise in “super bugs,” bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics. Diseased livestock, improperly handled produce and poor government oversight all add to the problem.

Contamination at this level won’t be prevented without the help of improved government oversight and a robust civil justice system that continues to hold wrongdoers accountable. You can, however, lessen the chances of food poisoning in your home as follows:

Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

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While preparing any meal, the New Hampshire injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman encourage you to remember these four steps from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep bacteria away from food, utensils and yourself.

  1. Wash: Clean hands and surfaces often. Illness-causing bacteria can collect on hands, utensils and surface areas. Also wash fruits and vegetables, but not meats.
  2. Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate foods. Raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can still spread harmful bacteria to ready-to-eat items if they aren’t kept separate. Use one cutting board for fresh produce and another for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
  3. Cook: Use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of cooked foods. Check temperatures in several places to make sure that meat, poultry, seafood, eggs (or dishes containing eggs) are cooked to safe minimum internal temperatures as shown in the Safe Cooking Temperatures Chart.
  4. Chill: Illness-causing bacteria can grow in perishable foods in just two hours. Refrigerate foods promptly and properly, and throw out food before it begins to spoil.

    Tips for On-Time Turkey

    Is your Thanksgiving often interrupted by multiple trips to the grocery store, or worse yet, a bird that isn’t done when guests are ready to eat? What about sorting out all those leftovers? Well, then you should check out this handy guide from FoodSafety.gov with tips on how to streamline your schedule – from shopping to preparation to cooking to storing leftovers – and ensure a safe, delicious Thanksgiving dinner at your home.

    The United States of Thanksgiving

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    The turkey is safely prepped and the kitchen is sparkling clean. What next?  The New York Times recently investigated something that all Americans can agree on – Thanksgiving dinner! Here are 52 recipes representing each state as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico. See what neighbors are cooking, or find a dish for guests traveling from afar. You might even add a new favorite to your annual feast!

    Happy Thanksgiving from the

     New Hampshire injury attorneys

    at the

    Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman

Manchester Wrongful Death Attorneys Answer FAQs

Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

As Manchester wrongful death attorneys, we often receive questions from people who have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another. The death of a loved one is difficult under normal circumstances. When the death occurs as a result of someone else’s fault, however, it is traumatic for all involved. Often, family and friends have not had any time to say “good bye” and come to terms with the passing. In terms of the legal matters that may arise after a traumatic death, we have compiled a list of some questions that are frequently asked of us.

What occurs when the person dies before filing a personal injury lawsuit?

If your loved one was injured through no fault of their own and then died from those injuries, the law allows you to file a lawsuit to seek recovery of damages. If your loved one had a personal injury claim and then died due to causes that were not related to the injury accident, the personal injury claim will still be able to be pursued by the loved one’s personal representative or estate executor.

How are wrongful deaths handled criminally and civilly?

When someone dies due to the negligent actions of another, both civil and criminal cases may be filed separately. In a criminal case, the government seeks to punish the person responsible for your loved one’s death if their behavior falls under those outlined in the state’s criminal code. Civil law cases are filed by one person, such as you, against the person who caused the death, and civil wrongful death cases have to do with allegations of violating the rights and duties owed by people to others. As such, it is possible to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit even if criminal charges are not also filed. Similarly, both a criminal case and a civil lawsuit may proceed separately and simultaneously, and the burden of proof required in the civil matter is a lower one than that required of the prosecutor in the criminal action.

Can punitive damages be recovered?

While some states allow the recovery of punitive damages in a wrongful death case, punitive damages are not recoverable under New Hampshire law.

Do all states have the same wrongful death laws?

Wrongful death laws vary by state. New Hampshire has its own laws that may differ from those of another state.

Is it possible to sue for wrongful death if my loved one never worked?

Yes, it is still possible to sue even if your loved one did not work. In that case, the question would be looking at the value of other contributions they made to the family.

Are damages for pain and suffering recoverable?

New Hampshire allows you to bring a lawsuit for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

Is it possible to sue for the death of a child or elderly relative?

Yes, you can sue for either. The damages can still be considerable but will be looked at a bit differently.

Contact Experienced Manchester Wrongful Death Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Has your loved one has passed away as the result of negligent medical care? If so, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

For a free consultation, contact the Manchester wrongful death attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 379-6319, by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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Review by Eva C.

This is a very professional office. The attorneys know the law and represent you very well. I am familiar with the workers’ compensation practice and fully recommend Attorney Maureen Manning, she is great. Very competent, timely and communicates well. She comes to the hearings well prepared and presents her arguments clearly (and she is tough!)