Imagine going to your favorite restaurant and ordering your usual delicious meal, only to later experience a traumatic fit of food poisoning. Not only would you fall incredibly ill and suffer painfully, but you would likely feel betrayed and let down by the eating establishment. After all, a restaurant’s primary responsibility is to provide a clean and safe meal that tastes good. So, it is no surprise that a food poisoning victim might feel compelled to file an injury claim against a negligent restaurant or food service organization for their pain and suffering, as well as their quantifiable damages, like medical expenses and lost wages.
Continue reading to learn more about pursing legal action against a restaurant that is responsible for causing a serious food borne illness, and how to determine the validity of your food poisoning claim.
What Causes Food Poisoning?
A person gets food-borne illnesses by ingesting either food or beverage that has been contaminated with bacteria, parasites, virus, or toxins. This is generally a result of poor or improper growing, shipping, or handling of food products. Common types of illnesses contracted in this way include E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Salmonella, Botulism, Norovirus, and Campylobacter.
Food borne illnesses like this can cause a person several types of damages, from lost wages at work, to medical bills, and more. So, when a person suffers from this type of illnesses after eating out at a restaurant or another person’s home, you can understand why there is a relative question regarding personal injury claims as well.
Do You Have a Food Poisoning Case?
The severity of the affects largely influences the chances of having a valid personal injury claim for food poisoning. The standard symptoms of eating tainted food include nausea, abdominal cramping, headache, and diarrhea; while more serious cases include symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, loss of speech, difficulty breathing or swallowing, dehydration, and in rare cases, even death.
The less serious cases of food borne illness are not likely great candidates for an injury claim since these can be treated with ample fluids and rest. You see, the body will simply eliminate everything and then fluids can be restored. This usually takes around one to three days. More severe cases might involve doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription medication, prolonged rehabilitation, time off work, and more.
Advice for Food Borne Illness Legal Claims
If you or a loved one becomes ill from eating food at a professional establishment or another person’s home, it is important to deal with the health concerns first and foremost. Health and well-being should always be top-priority in a personal injury situation. Seek out professional health care and ask to have the illnesses medically confirmed by means of stool samples and more.
Having this on record is evidence of the incident. Be sure to follow all instructions handed down from medical professionals. Also, it is wise to save the contaminated food for testing, if at all possible. Otherwise, it is recommended to keep a daily journal of the symptoms you experience and everything you feel in detail. This can also be used as evidence in a personal injury case.
Did you or an immediate loved one suffer serious damages and losses as a result of food poisoning from a restaurant or meal delivery service? Contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 to schedule a free consultation with our licensed Indianapolis Indiana accident injury attorneys who can determine the best strategies for your premises liability accident claim. We offer free initial consultations and never collect lawyer fees unless we prevail for you.
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