The news keeps rolling in: People across the country — and even some TripAdvisor users from Canada — are reporting symptoms related to salmonella food poisoning after eating at the Firefly restaurant on Paradise.
Firefly, a popular tapas restaurant and bar, is yet another restaurant in a string of food poisoning outbreaks. And, because Las Vegas is a tourist destination, the outbreak is widespread as vacationers return home carrying the bug.
As a result, Firefly has been shut down. Reports of food poisoning prompted the Southern Nevada Health District to investigate, and Firefly was given 44 demerits for such violations as failure by food handlers to wash their hands, fruit flies and moths in the cooking area, raw meat stored over cooked chicken, and food held at inappropriate temperatures (leading to spoilage).
Not only has Firefly been shut down, but sister restaurant Dragonfly has also been shut down, with even more demerits. It is now believed that at least 89 people have been affected, and there may be more, depending who else has come forward. Lawsuits have also been filed against Firefly, one of them by a woman in Pennsylvania.
Why File Suit in a Case of Food Poisoning?
Firefly and Dragonfly have both been shut down indefinitely while health officials investigate. And it is little surprise that some are interested in filing suit. Something as serious as Salmonella can cause serious health problems — and even result in death. Several of those who experienced the food poisoning were hospitalized, and that can become expensive.
Some of the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning include abdominal cramps, nausea, throwing up, and bloody diarrhea. Not only can this be extremely painful, but it can also lead to health complications due to severe dehydration and lack of nutrition. The bacteria is also harmful to the system.
The fact of the matter remains that the Salmonella in this case was not the result (or at least not solely the result) of contamination at other points in the food preparation chain. Firefly received demerits when the health inspectors found that employees were handling food with their bare, unwashed hands and when other acts of neglect in the restaurant were documented. The practices at the restaurant contributed to the food poisoning outbreak.
Firefly was closed before, in 2011, following inspection, but was reopened rather quickly. The restaurant probably won’t be open anytime soon with such widespread sickness, and with such major demerits.
If you have been injured as a result of eating at Firefly or at Dragonfly, or if you have experienced food poisoning at any other restaurant, it makes sense to do what you can to recoup some of your losses. These losses not only include the costs associated with treatment for your illness, but also the time lost at work. Being sick from something as serious as Salmonella food poisoning can take its toll in lost wages, as well as direct costs. Make sure that you hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve when a restaurant’s poor health practices put you at risk.