Finding a foreign object in your food can certainly be upsetting and even dangerous depending on the type of object and how you make contact with it. Finding a razor blade or stone in your food after biting into it can be more serious than becoming disgusted after finding a dead bug or other object in your food. However, under certain circumstances you can still recover in both these kinds of situations.
In most cases, when a consumer at a restaurant finds something in his or her food before eating any of it, he or she chooses to deal with the issue by bringing it to the attention of the restaurant management. If the consumer bought a packaged food item from a grocery store or other market, he or she can either return it to the store or contact the manufacturer, or if none of the food was ingested, the consumer can simply throw it out. Most people choose to handle the issue in this way if they are not physically hurt and the restaurant or grocery store is willing to give them a refund or replace the food because it is quicker and easier than going to court.
However, if you are seriously injured by a foreign object in your food, it may be necessary for you to get an attorney to ensure you receive compensation for your injuries. For example, let’s say you are eating a burger and experience a sharp pain in your mouth. You look at your burger to discover a sharp shard of glass. The glass has cut you seriously inside your mouth, and you have to be rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention. This kind of injury can result in high medical bills, even if you have medical insurance.
Most restaurants would be able to pay for your medical fees through insurance, but not all of them would be willing to do so without you running around threatening to go through the court system to ensure that they do. Georgia law protects consumers and allows them to seek compensation for such injuries by filing a lawsuit.
Even without serious physical injury, a consumer may be able to sue for compensation for mainly psychological injuries caused by finding a foreign object in his food. This kind of lawsuit may be more difficult to prove than one involving physical injuries, but it may also be resolved through a settlement with the restaurant or manufacturer of the food.
There are certain steps you should take if you are injured by foreign objects in your food. If you can, keep the food with the foreign object in it. In addition, seek medical attention as soon as you can, and note instances of vomiting and nausea. It will be important to show that your injuries were not present before you ate the food with the foreign object in it, and therefore, that the injuries were caused by the object.
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There is a statute of limitations, or a limit on the time you have to file a claim for an injury caused by a foreign object in food you consumed. Therefore, if you have been injured, you should take immediate action and contact an attorney who can help you receive compensation for your medical bills. Contact the personal injury firm of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia to speak to an attorney today.