Philadelphia Food Poisoning Lawyer
Our busy lifestyle oftentimes leads us to have to grab our meals on-the-go from restaurants and take-out food establishments. As consumers, we have the right to expect that the food that we purchase from these businesses is safe for consumption and free of contamination. However, despite the duty of these establishments to serve safe and sanitary food products, viruses, bacteria, and parasites still contaminate their food.
Foodborne Illness – commonly known as food poisoning – is the result of a person consuming food which has been contaminated by bacteria, parasites, etc. due to exposure to harmful chemicals or improper food maintenance. While tens of millions of cases occur in the US every year which results in little more than temporary discomfort, food poisoning is potentially quite dangerous.
According to recent data from the Center For Disease Control there are approximately 76 million cases of food-borne sicknesses every year. While many people who are subjected to this illness are able to recover on their own, 300,000 people annually endure cases of food poisoning serious enough to warrant hospitalization, and 5,000 of those people ultimately die as a result. If you or a loved one has suffered serious health repercussions as the result of a food handler’s negligence, you should contact a lawyer today. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to recover against this party for what they have caused you to endure.
What Should I Do?
If you believe you may be suffering the consequences of food poisoning, your first phone call should be to a doctor. Though we often think of food poisoning as little more than the discomfort of a bad stomachache, this is not the case. When you have food poisoning, your body is vigorously trying to fight off or expunge the harmful foreign substances you have taken in. While stomach aches are likely, more serious symptoms of food poisoning include: headaches, fever, muscle pain, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Any combination of these symptoms may indicate serious medical conditions, and should be examined by medical personnel as soon as possible.
Once your doctor has stabilized your condition, and you have recovered, it is time to seek legal counsel. You absolutely deserve to recover for any expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering you have endured.
In order to receive compensation for your damages resulting from food poisoning, it will be necessary to discover who the responsible party is, and gather evidence sufficient to warrant a meritorious suit against them. This is not an easy process, and, as such, it requires the attention of skilled professionals.
Usually, the best evidence likely to be available to you will be in the form of anecdotal evidence, specifically from other patrons who were also made sick by the food given to them by the store or restaurant in a relatively short period of time. It may even be possible to gather physical evidence if action is taken quickly. Perhaps a local contaminant is readily identifiable on site, or the storage equipment is obviously insufficient. Expert reports, including those from doctors, will prove essential to making successful a case.
The personal injury attorneys with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will help you to determine the best course of action available to you, and prepare a case against the responsible party. Call today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.