If you have suffered a serious case of food poisoning, you understand how devastating the effects can be. Close to 50 million people suffer from food poisoning in the U.S. every year. Food poisoning doesn’t always just make its victims sick for a few days. In some cases, a victim of food poisoning can end up in the hospital or even die from the illness.
Food poisoning is caused by swallowing contaminated food or water that has bacteria, toxins, or parasites. Most people who have food poisoning experience vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and/or abdominal cramping, as well as other symptoms. Food can become contaminated in a number of ways – it may become contaminated during processing, or it may be improperly handled or prepared.
If you believe you may have food poisoning, you should seek medical treatment right away. Your medical provider can run tests to confirm that you have the illness. Keep track of your symptoms and the date you experienced them. If you can, save the contaminated food so it can be tested. If you aren’t certain what may have caused the food poisoning, make notes of everything you ate in the preceding days and follow up later. Follow all of your medical provider’s instructions in order to get better as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a food borne illness, you should speak with an attorney. You may be able to recover compensation, depending on the circumstances of your illness. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. I may be able to help. Call today to schedule a free consultation with our team about your case.