If you got food poisoning at a restaurant, you're entitled to recover for your illness and any money you lost. To be able to make your claim, it's important to act quickly.
What You're Entitled to Recover
If you got food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, you're entitled to receive compensation for any money that you lost as a result. The law doesn't make you lose money when someone else got you sick.
The restaurant will have to pay your doctor's bills, medication costs, and any other related medical costs. It's also liable for things like lost wages and having to pay someone to drive you if you're too sick to drive on your own.
Evidence You'll Need
In order to win a food poisoning case, you need to prove that you were at the restaurant and the food you ate there is what got you sick. You should always get a receipt even if you paid cash.
If you don't have a receipt, check to see if one of your phone apps was tracking your location. You can also get witnesses who ate with you or other people you may have known at the restaurant.
You also need to be able to prove that you got sick at the restaurant and not somewhere else. It's important to go to a doctor as soon as possible.
Food poisoning usually takes a specific time to develop, so a doctor can usually tell which meal got you sick by how far along the symptoms are. If you wait to see a doctor until the symptoms go away, the doctor won't be able to say for sure when you ate what got you sick.
A restaurant will generally be liable whenever you got food poisoning. That's because a restaurant has a duty to serve food that doesn't get you sick.
Food poisoning is almost always a result of improper cooking, storing food at the wrong temperatures, or using expired food. So if food gets you sick, it's usually fairly certain that the restaurant was negligent in some way.
In some cases, the food manufacturer will be responsible for some type of issue in the manufacturing process. However, it's usually between the restaurant and food manufacturer to settle that since you still have the right to recover from your illness. In serious cases, your personal injury attorney may advise you to file a lawsuit against both the restaurant and the food manufacturer.
To find out more, contact a personal injury lawyer.
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