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Prescription drug injuries: who is responsible?

A woman has been taking a common arthritis medication for a few months when she develops a persistent cough that grows worse with time. At first she thinks it's just a cold, then maybe allergies. She consults her doctor, but by then it has progressed. It turned out to be a deadly fungal infection called histoplasmosis that her arthritis medication allowed to grow. Who is at fault? An otherwise-healthy man taking a common diabetes medication dies from a sudden heart attack. Who is responsible? An active young woman taking a popular birth control pill suddenly collapses from life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. Who is to blame?

Food poisoning: Who is responsible?

Food poisoning is no joke, as anyone who has suffered from it can attest. According to the federal government's food safety page, millions of people in the United States get sick from food that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, mold, toxins, or other contaminants. Furthermore, many people can be brought low by eating food to which they are allergic. Symptoms, which include gastrointestinal distress of various kinds such as vomiting and diarrhea, can be mild to severe. Some allergens, such as those that reside in peanuts, can result in death. 128,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year due to complications arising from foodborne illnesses.

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