Food Poisoning Lawsuits: Do You Have A Case?
Posted on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 12:10 pm
Millions of people suffer from food poisoning every year, and out of those, thousands require medical treatment, and many cases are fatal. While it’s normal to get a little stomach bug now and then from eating at a restaurant, when your symptoms are serious enough, you may be entitled to seek damages. Filing a claim for the outbreak of a food-related illness is not always straightforward, so it may be hard to know if you have a valid case. Of course, the best way to find out is to talk to a qualified food poisoning attorney in Georgia, but also, here are some things that may indicate that you have a strong case:
- You can identify the source
If you can clearly point to the cause of your serious illness, then you have a much better chance of winning a claim. When you can identify a particular restaurant, dish, or packaged food item that may have made you ill, that helps tremendously. However, if you snacked on several things throughout the day, or maybe ate some old leftovers earlier, it may be too difficult to point out the culprit.
- You can prove consumption of the offending food
Documentation is critical in any lawsuit, and foodborne illness cases are no different. Think of any hard evidence that you have that proves that you purchased and ate the food in question. These can be receipts, restaurant eyewitnesses, photo/video evidence, empty packaging, food scraps, and the like.
- You can demonstrate serious medical consequences
It’s not enough to simply say that you had a stomachache or GI upset after eating a certain food- it’s important to show evidence of medical care in a case like this. Keep all of your treatment records for doctors, hospitals, and ERs, along with test results, and bacterial or viral cultures. Try to clearly show that you were injured and needed legitimate treatment.
- You have the right lawyer
Not just any attorney will be able to handle a food poisoning case, so it’s important to hire the right one, who has the experience and skill that it takes to win. Do your research and find a good lawyer who takes the time to listen to your case, ask the right questions, and make you feel respected.
If you or someone you love has suffered from serious food-related illness, reach out to our firm today for your free case evaluation.