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Imagine you and your family have just eaten at a new restaurant. The food seemed fine, but within a few hours of eating, you are starting to feel really sick. Depending on the severity of your sickness, you could be out of commission for a few days, or you may even end up in the hospital. Being sick could lead to losing money from not working, or you may end up paying expensive hospital bills. All this because your family was feeling adventurous and wanted to try a new restaurant.
If you are sure that you became sick from a specific meal at a restaurant, you may have a case which will allow you to get some of your money back. It is all about proving your case. Personal injury attorneys work with clients every day to help them get the justice they feel they deserve.
There are a few steps that an individual should take once they have realized where their sickness originated.
Go To A Doctor. This may seem like a very basic step, but it is crucial that you have a doctor diagnose exactly what is ailing you. There are many specific tests that can diagnose bacteria that may be in your system. These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, or fecal tests. Common food-borne illnesses include, but are not limited to:
Salmonella: Salmonella is, by far, the most common food-borne illness. It is contracted by eating food that is not cooked thoroughly enough. It is common in chicken and eggs.
Listeria: Listeria is often found in deli meats and dairy products that have not been stored or cooked properly.
E. Coli: E. Coli is a bacteria that is commonly found in fecal material. Ingesting food that has been contaminated with this bacteria is commonly due to lack hygiene on the part of cooks and chefs after using the bathroom.
Contact The Health Department. Contacting your local health department to report food poisoning from a restaurant may have different repercussions than you might imagine. Instead of asking for the specific restaurant, meal and time you ate, they will likely ask you for a list of the foods you ate 72 hours before you became ill. They will conduct a thorough investigation before acting against a specific restaurant.
Seeking out the help of a personal injury lawyer will likely make the entire process much easier. As an added bonus, many personal injury attorneys will not seek payment unless your case is won, so it may not hurt to seek help.