Making the Case for Food Poisoning
If you got sick after eating in a restaurant, you may have a tough time making a case against the business for food poisoning. However, there are specific circumstances in which you might be able to regain some of your losses because of food poisoning.
First, be prepared to show your losses. While you may have been uncomfortable for twenty-four hours or so, you will need to show substantial financial losses to make a legal claim. Lost wages and medical expenses are generally the kinds of losses that add up to a substantial sum.
Proving that you got sick from a specific restaurant is very difficult. However, if you were hospitalized because of your sickness, you may not have been the only person who was sick because of the restaurant’s food. If you were sick enough to be in the hospital, you were sick enough to report the problem to your state’s department of public health. Once you’ve reported the problem, you can ask the investigator assigned to your case details about any recent outbreaks in your area. Once you know that you’ve been part of a larger outbreak, you will have better luck finding a reputable lawyer willing to help you reclaim your losses.
If you suspect that you’re suffering from food poisoning, start to make notes immediately. Record everything you can recall about the food you’ve been eating for the days leading up to the sickness. Record all of the expenses and losses that come with being sick. You and your lawyer can make a case, but proper notes and records will make for a good settlement.