Can I Sue for Food Poisoning?

can you sue for food poisoning

What you’ll learn reading this article:

  • Food poisoning can happen anywhere food is sold or served.
  • There are practical concerns that come with filing a food poisoning lawsuit.
  • This type of lawsuit is quite complex, so please opt for excellent legal representation.

Food poisoning starts with an upset stomach and becomes something much worse. Also known as foodborne illness, it’s a life-threatening health event where your body’s systems are compromised by viral or bacterial exposure.

A common cause of food poisoning is the presence of e. coli, listeria, salmonella, botulism, or norovirus in take-out and restaurant food. Affected victims may also have purchased groceries or fully-prepared food from a supermarket, gas station, food truck, or roadside market.

What would you do if you or a loved one acquired a foodborne illness? What about all the lost days of work and expensive medical bills? Here’s how to take action.

Important Things to Know About Food Poisoning Lawsuits

When someone gets food poisoning, it’s understandable that their first thought is, “I’m going to sue!” Food poisoning is an agonizing experience.

Foodborne illnesses not only cause nausea, vomiting, fever, and digestive distress, but can also cause longer-term effects like chronic arthritis, brain damage, nerve damage, and kidney failure. Victims have even reported hallucinations and mental health disorders that can be traced back to food toxins.

However, accomplishing a successful food poisoning lawsuit isn’t easy. It can be time-consuming to trace a poisoning back to its source, and even if you do so, the food manufacturer/distributor may direct you to yet another source of raw goods.

Victims of food poisoning often find themselves buried in blame and finger-pointing that only increases their suffering. Although it’s possible to win your case, it’s only worthwhile if you have considerable damages and a clear path to success.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Food Poisoning

It’s your right to handle a food poisoning lawsuit alone, but we don’t recommend it. These cases take a lawyer’s insight to understand the complex legal issues involved and efficiently track down the liable person or company.

Plus, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of legal lingo involved. In addition to federal regulations, each state has its own rules about food inspection, product liability, and other related issues. Lawyers know these rules inside and out but the average person doesn’t.

Generally speaking, victims of foodborne illness can request compensation for medical costs, lost income, and other damages associated with their illness. If you have hospital bills from your food poisoning and missed a significant amount of time at work while recovering, you may have a case for compensation.

To prove your case, you’ll likely need documented evidence of foodborne contaminants. This often comes in the form of government alerts about foodborne illnesses. You and your lawyer may need to provide food samples for scientific analysis.

Harmed By Food Poisoning? We Can Help.

If you, your child, or a family member experienced food poisoning, contact Poynter & Bucheri Accident Recovery. We’ve helped our clients make compelling cases for food poisoning that have resulted in valuable settlements and judgments.

You don’t have to suffer alone. As you recover from food poisoning, we can help you start a product liability/personal injury lawsuit to recoup your costs and move forward with your life.

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