Personal injuries caused by tainted food are not uncommon in California and individuals who encounter such problems are seeking legal help to obtain compensations for the harm or injuries caused by eating improperly cooked or stored food.
Food poisoning, especially infections with dangerous bacteria, can result in prolonged hospitalization and have severe consequences on your health. If you are the victim of food poisoning you should call a Los Angeles personal injury attorney to help you.
Food poisoning and its consequences
Eating at a restaurant is usually a pleasant experience for anyone but sometimes customers are faced with severe cases of food poisoning. Bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella can cause serious medical problems and they can be found in tainted food or food that hasn’t been stored or prepared accordingly.
Individuals can take legal action against a particular restaurant if they experience food poisoning or other issues like dental problems after having a meal at the restaurant. The restaurant owners can negate the claims but state that the accusations are frivolous and the intoxication or dental problems did not occur at their location. However, an experienced lawyer can help you prove negligence in these cases.
Some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and cramps, sometimes fever and a general unwell feeling. If you experience any of these symptoms you should get treated right away and afterward seek the help of a lawyer if you believe that the food poisoning occurred after eating at a restaurant.
The following video also describes the procedure of obtaining compensation for sickness occurred as a result of tainted food:
Obtaining compensation for eating tainted food
These types of personal injury claims are considered smaller in comparison to other ones like spinal cord injuries. However, individuals are entitled to make a claim against a restaurant or catering service that served spoiled food or food containing foreign objects.
Personal injury claims for illnesses caused by food are usually based on negligence: this means that the manufacturer or seller can be held liable for failure to exercise a duty of care towards the customer, either in preparing or storing the food. The plaintiff, upon submitting his claim, should find out where in the production chain the negligent act took place. When building your case you can also invoke a breach of warranty if the manufacturer failed to observe the minimal quality recommendations and the local laws for product warranty.
One of our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles can help you build your case with the help of the medical records and the testimonies from your physician or dentist that prove the injury was caused by eating certain foods. It is also important to solicit the help of any friends or family that accompanied you when the accident occurred.
The types of damages which you can recover if you have suffered from an illness caused by tainted food include the following:
- compensations for emotional distress (only in some situations).
Food poisoning can be something common and it may not always be connected to something that you ate at a restaurant or fast food. You should, however, consider calling a personal injury attorney if eating at a particular diner caused you serious problems and amounted to a significant medical treatment to recover from the food poisoning.
A lawyer can help you document an injury caused by tainted food and help you gain the legal monetary compensations for your medical expenses. You can contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys if you have any questions about food contamination and need help in this case.
We can also help you in other personal injury cases because we have different teams of lawyers:
Marc Y. Lazo is specialized in personal injury cases as well as in complex business and commercial litigation. He has tried numerous cases to successful verdict and has obtained multiple six-figure judgments in both state and federal court.