The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 76 million people in the United States contract foodborne illnesses on an annual basis. Of these food poisoning victims, an estimated 325,000 require hospitalization and an additional 5,000 victims die from their illnesses every year. Though food poisoning is often thought of as a relatively minor and short-lived illness, the statistics show that this illness can sometime have very serious consequences for victims and their families. Often, food poisoning originates from food consumed in a restaurant. If you have suffered from food poisoning from a restaurant, you may be able to sue that restaurant to recover for any medical bills or lost wages due to your illness, so you should contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney today.
Your ability to successfully sue the restaurant depends on the specific circumstances of your case and whether any evidence was preserved that the restaurant was at fault. You can do a few things to help preserve such evidence:
- Visit the doctor. A medical diagnosis is important to show your illness came from spoiled food and not some other source, such as the flu. Your doctor can perform a PFGE (pulsed-filed gel electrophoreses) test, which will identify the genetic fingerprint of the strain of bacteria causing your illness. This can be used to match other cases of food poisoning in people who ate at the same restaurant to further your case.
- Do not throw out leftovers. If you become sick, hold on to any leftovers of what you ate, as these can be tested for the same bacteria that made you ill and used as strong, concrete evidence against the restaurant.
Finally, you should always contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Whether your food poisoning occurred because of spoiled food or a sick restaurant employee, investigation must be conducted is a very timely fashion. Do not delay in calling the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 if you have been the victom of food poisoning.