Food poisoning and food related illnesses are more common than you may think. The various bacteria and viruses that can lead to food poisoning include E. Coli, Hepatitis, Norovirus, Listeria and Shigella. If you have gotten ill from a food poisoned with one of these viruses or bacteria, you may have a personal injury claim.
In a food poisoning case, the business selling the defective food may be found liable if they negligently prepared or stored the food, or they were selling a defective food product.
If you can prove that your food poisoning or food related illness was caused by a contaminated food product, you may be able to pursue a claim against the business that sold or prepared that food product. You should also contact your local health department to report the incident.
A claim against the negligent business or manufacturer for food poisoning or food related illness will seek recovery of medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
When should you contact an attorney?
Food poisoning cases are relatively common, and some cases are misdiagnosed. If you are not feeling well after a meal, it does not necessarily mean you have food poisoning. To make a successful claim, you must prove you ate a poison causing bacteria or virus that was in the food. If your illness requires you to seek medical treatment, which results in a diagnosis of food poisoning, you should contact an attorney. You should also contact your local health department to report the incident.
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