If you have ever experienced food poisoning in your life, you know what a terrible condition it truly is. You could be sick for hours, days, or even weeks on end as your body tries to eliminate the bacteria, virus or parasite that has entered your digestive system. Common symptoms of this condition include diarrhea and vomiting, as well as abdominal cramps, fatigue, fever, joint pain and nausea. In rare cases, complications can occur due to dehydration or hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can lead to kidney failure or death.
Food preparation and improper handling are some of the causes that can lead to these kinds of illnesses. If you have experienced food poisoning because of the negligent behavior of others in handling or preparing your meal, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, contact a personal injury lawyer at your soonest convenience.
Common causes of food-borne illnesses include the following:
- Improper refrigeration after food preparation
- Unsanitary conditions in the kitchen or improper sterilization of tools used to the prepare the dish
- Unclean surfaces used to prepare foods
- Contamination of ready-to-eat foods from exposure to raw meat or juices from that meat
- Failure to wash hands after using the bathroom or changing a diaper
- Allowing food to marinate in room temperature, rather than in the refrigerator
- Use of unclean dish towels or sponges
If you acquired a food-borne illness at a restaurant, school cafeteria, hotel, or any other establishment in which the food is prepared for you, you may have the ability to bring your case to a court of law and file a claim against the guilty party. To do so, the help of an experienced attorney should be employed for best chances of favorable results.