In some cases, yes. You can sue a restaurant for food poisoning. The symptoms usually have to be rather severe though. If you think that you have a case, you can talk to our Monmouth County personal injury attorneys. If we think that we can help you pursue compensation, we will help you get the legal process started.
When Can Food Poisoning Victims Sue for Compensation?
Sometimes food poisoning just results in an upset stomach that lasts a day or two. There usually is not much that you can do in that situation. You can pursue compensation if the symptoms were bad enough to land you in the hospital and make you miss work. More serious effects of food poisoning can include:
- Frequent vomiting that leads to dehydration
- Diarrhea that lasts for more than three days
- Bloody stool
- A fever of over 102 degrees
- Severe dehydration
If this sounds like what happened to you, it may be time to sue for damages that can help you cover medical bills and the wages you missed out on.
Why Else Should I Sue for Food Poisoning?
Suing for food poisoning can also have other benefits. Your lawsuit could make it easier to investigate a restaurant and its safety practices. You could also help prevent someone who would end up with much more severe symptoms, like a child or a pregnant woman, from getting food poisoning.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You are not required to hire a lawyer, but a seasoned personal injury attorney can contribute a lot to your case. A lawyer from our firm can:
Calculate compensation and field settlement offers: Your attorney can look at what you have been through and calculate the level of compensation that would be fair. They can also field settlement offers and tell you when they are clearly inadequate.
Find others who got sick: Your lawyer might be able to investigate and find other people who got sick when you did. This can help trace the source of the problem and could even lead to opportunities to open up class action lawsuits.
Talk to experts who can strengthen your case: Your attorney can talk to microbiologists and other experts on foodborne illness and use their testimony to strengthen your case. They can also talk to the doctors who treated you for your food poisoning about your symptoms and what you experienced as a result of this restaurant’s negligence.
File your case before the statute of limitations expires: Act quickly and let your lawyer handle the paperwork and legal stuff for you. They can file your case before the two-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases expires while you focus on recovering from your illness.
Contact Our Law Firm
You should not have to work to make this right on your own. If you are ready to sue a restaurant that irresponsibly handled food and put you and other diners in danger, call The Wilton Law Firm. We will schedule a free consultation where you can learn more about your legal options and what the team here at our firm can do for you.