Food Poisoning: Should You Sue?
When people set foot in a restaurant, eatery, or fast-food establishment, they have a reasonable expectation that the food served to them will be clean, properly prepared, and free from any harmful viruses or bacteria. When contaminated food is served to a person, the results may range from slight illness and nausea to severe illness and injury. Regardless, food poisoning is a serious issue and should be avoided at all costs.
Food poisoning occurs when infectious or toxic agents are introduced to items of food that are subsequently consumed by people. Infectious agents often include viruses, parasites, or bacteria, while toxic agents are often poisons or dangers that arise in exotic or improperly prepared foods.
Common symptoms often include:
· Abdominal cramping
Although the symptoms may be mild and often pass within 24-48 hours, it is important to contact a medical professional if symptoms do not persist or worsen over time. Improperly handled food can occasionally cause serious health issues that may require hospitalization.
Restaurant owners and employees should take precautions to protect their patrons and guests at all times. Food preparation and cooking surfaces should be kept clean at all times and kitchens should be free of contaminants and hazardous materials. Restaurant owners should make sure that all employees have undergone adequate food preparation courses and are aware of proper cooking procedures for each item on the menu.
Restaurant employees are the first line of defense against food-borne illness and should make sure that all items served have been properly handled from start to finish. If employees are negligent with food items or if they intentionally introduce harmful ingredients into the food, the restaurant may be held liable for injuries to the patrons.
It is important to note that not all cases warrant lawsuits against the restaurant owners. Food poisoning symptoms may be mild and might not last for more than a day or two. Because of this, it may not be worth pursuing legal action that may end up costing more than the settlement could possibly be.
If the contaminated food caused serious injury to an individual, or if the food was intentionally contaminated by employees of the establishment, it may be worth pursuing legal action for injuries and suffering. If you would like more information regarding food poisoning and personal injury lawsuits, visit the website of the Lake Geneva personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.