Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a large-scale outbreak of salmonella or some other food-borne illness. If you become ill or injured from a food-borne illness or other food contaminant, these tips may help you and your personal injury attorney when you seek compensation for your injuries:
1. If food poisoning symptoms become severe or persist more than several hours, seek medical attention right away.
2. While your food poisoning claim may be legitimate, if you want compensation, you’ll have to provide proof. Try to preserve any unconsumed food that might have caused your sickness. Seal the food in an airtight container and freeze it. You may need it later for lab testing.
3. Retain and make copies of cash or credit card receipts for the food that made you sick. A receipt should identify the exact time and place that the contaminated food was purchased.
4. Make a report to the local health department. In Los Angeles, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Filing a complaint establishes an official record of the incident, and enough reports about a single location can trigger an investigation.
Following these tips will enhance your ability to prove your claims if you end up filing a personal injury claim as a result of food poisoning. Because of the time factor, proving that you suffered food poisoning is complicated. If you suffer a lasting or serious injury due to food poisoning in southern California, contact an experienced California personal injury attorney.
A good personal injury lawyer can assess your case, provide legal advice, and work to win the compensation you deserve. You may be awarded damages for medical costs, lost wages, and more. If you’ve suffered food poisoning in Los Angeles or anywhere else in southern California, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away.