Going out to eat should be an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, some restaurant-goers find themselves suffering from debilitating symptoms after the meal. If you or a loved one contracted food positioning after eating at a restaurant, diner, pub, or fast food establishment, you may be curious about your legal options. You may wonder whether you can pursue financial compensation through a lawsuit. While bringing a successful food poisoning lawsuit can be challenging, it is possible under certain circumstances.
What You Need to Prove in a Food Poisoning Case
Food poisoning can be caused by bacterial contamination, viruses, and parasites. Many of these pathogens can cause symptoms like painful cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Sometimes, food poisoning can lead to severe, long-term health consequences, including kidney failure, arthritis, and even brain damage. These symptoms can lead to lost income, medical bills, and other expenses. Through a food poisoning lawsuit, an individual may be able to recover compensation for these and other damages.
To recover compensation through a food poisoning lawsuit, you will need to prove that:
You did indeed suffer from food poisoning due to contaminated food
The food that made you sick was from the restaurant
The restaurant’s negligence led to your illness
You suffered damages because of your illness
Proving these elements is often difficult. The restaurant or other liable party may claim that your sickness was due to other factors or that there is no way to connect the illness to the restaurant’s actions. An experienced food poisoning injury attorney can be a valuable asset in a situation like this. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence to build a compelling case and fight for the compensation you need.
Compensation to Which You May Be Entitled
Often, food poisoning cases are resolved through an out-of-court settlement. Your lawyer’s job is to present the best case possible for compensation and represent your best interests during settlement negotiations, or in rare cases, a trial. You may be entitled to compensation for:
Medical bills including hospital bills, medication, and ongoing doctor’s visits
Lost income from missing work
Mental and emotional suffering
Contact an Illinois Food Poisoning Lawyer
If you suffered from food poisoning, contact an Illinois food poisoning injury attorney from Newland & Newland, LLP to discuss your legal options. You may be able to seek financial compensation from the restaurant or another liable party. Food poisoning cases are often complex. A skilled attorney can help you determine who is legally responsible for your damages and build a strong case for financial compensation. Call 312-981-0409 for a free consultation.