Food poisoning has become a common danger that can affect any person at anytime. While many people attribute a bout of food poisoning to mere bad luck, in most cases, the food poisoning is a result of someone else’s negligence. For this reason, a food poisoning victim can file a personal injury lawsuit to receive much-needed compensation. Food poisoning not only affects your health, but it also drains you financially and professionally. You will be responsible for hospital bills, you will lose wages for time off work, and in rare cases, a victim may even succumb to death. When any of these damages are incurred, an experienced Illinois food poisoning attorney can help.
Getting the Proper Evidence is Essential
The chances of winning a food poisoning lawsuit are high if the number of people affected is large. Regardless of the number of victims, filing a lawsuit requires evidence of the at-fault party’s negligence. A food poisoning lawyer can help you further investigate whether others were affected at the same restaurant you patronized, for example, to help build your case.
Your medical records will be a great help to you in proving your case. Make sure to seek medical attention right away and keep copies of all your records. Your doctor can have your stool medically tested for food contamination. These findings will elevate your chances of recouping compensation for your injuries.
Your food poisoning case becomes even stronger if there has been a widespread outbreak associated with a particular type of food product. For example, if the government has issued a recall for certain food items (like romaine lettuce), and the establishment that prepared your food used any such food items, that may help prove negligence.
When to File Food Poisoning Lawsuit?
If you have fallen victim to food poisoning, it is best to file your lawsuit right away. It will be easier to locate evidence and other potential victims immediately following your illness. All of the details will be fresh in your mind at this time, as well, which will help you convey to your lawyer exactly what happened. Remember, there is a time limit set by the state of Illinois to file a personal injury lawsuit, otherwise known as the statute of limitations. You have just two years from the time of your illness.
Contact a Food Poisoning Personal Injury Lawyer
At Newland & Newland LLP, our goal is to help people who have experienced a food-related illness due to the negligent handling of food. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. If you are the victim of food poisoning, call us at today at (847) 797-8000, or a fill out our online contact form for a complimentary evaluation of your case.We serve clients in the Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Libertyville, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Itasca areas.
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