Your child’s health is of great importance to you as a parent, and you do not want to think that the food you have given them may have made them sick. Unfortunately, children can be victims of food poisoning and, depending on the type of food poisoning, they could be even more vulnerable to the symptoms than adults. Assuming that you have taken precautions about food safety, it is possible that the food producer or restaurant may be responsible for your child’s food poisoning, which may mean that you can receive compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a lawsuit.
How to Identify Food Poisoning in Children
There are several common symptoms that may appear in people who are suffering from foodborne illnesses, including:
- Nausea or vomiting
Because there are multiple illnesses that could cause these same symptoms, you may not know for certain whether your child’s illness is food poisoning without a diagnosis from their pediatrician. The pediatrician will likely want to know a history of the meals that your child has recently eaten. Even if you did not get food poisoning from eating the same meal as your child, your child may have been more vulnerable to the harmful bacteria in the food if they have a weaker immune system.
Do You Need to File a Lawsuit?
In many cases, children are able to recover from food poisoning at home on their own or after a trip to the pediatrician. It may take a couple of days of resting and watching their diet until the symptoms have died down. However, younger children and those with pre-existing health conditions may have a more severe reaction that requires emergency care or hospitalization. These medical bills can be expensive, and a food poisoning lawsuit could pay for them, as well as provide compensation for the suffering that your child endured.
If your child has food allergies, a food producer may be liable if it did not list an allergen in the food’s ingredients. Allergic reactions can be a serious health issue for children, and companies that endanger children because of their negligence should be held accountable.
Contact an Illinois Food Poisoning Attorney
As much as parents try, they cannot always protect their children from a foodborne illness that could not have been foreseen. At Newland & Newland, LLP, our compassionate Illinois food poisoning lawyers understand the concerns that parents will have after their child has suffered from food poisoning. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 312-981-0409.