1) GET MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you suspect food poisoning, it’s probably wise to see a doctor. Some types of food poisoning are apparent immediately, while others may take a day or two before symptoms emerge. Either way, a doctor’s diagnosis — confirmed by stool samples or other tests — can help prove that foodborne contamination made you sick. Also, hang on to your bills for possible reimbursement of medical expenses.
2) FIGURE OUT WHICH FOOD MADE YOU SICK
In addition to proving that foodborne contamination made you sick, you must generally also prove the food you ate was actually contaminated. This can be simple: Perhaps a public health official found a link between your illness and something specific you ate. Or it can be more complicated: You may need to submit leftover food scraps for scientific testing.
If the likely source of contamination has been consumed or discarded, try to find the bag, can, or container that the food came in. You may also want to dig up a receipt to show you purchased the item in question.
3) CONSULT A LAWYER
An experienced attorney at Jonathan R. Brockman P.C. can consider all aspects of your case, and advise you on what you need to do to win a food poisoning claim. We will also know how much time you have to file your claim, and whether a class action may be appropriate in your particular food-poisoning case.