In Case of Food Poisoning
You go out for dinner at a new restaurant and the food seems great, but a few hours later your stomach aches and you cannot seem to keep anything down. You may have fallen victim to food poisoning, or food borne illness, an illness caused by eating contaminated food.
According to Mayo Clinic, most cases of food poisoning are mild. These victims will experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or fever; these symptoms should only last a few hours, up to a day. Some cases, however, are more severe and require medical attention. If you are experiencing frequent episodes of vomiting, are unable to keep liquids down, have bloody vomit or stool, severe abdominal pain, a high oral temperature, or signs and symptoms of dehydration, you should see a doctor immediately. Cases such as these can lead to life-threatening situations, loss of income, emotional distress, and expensive medical bills, in addition to pain and suffering.
Food-related illnesses are usually the result of negligence occurring at some point during the food preparation. According to Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, some causes of illnesses include: unsanitary preparation, undercooked food, poorly preserved product, mislabeling or defective packaging. Although it may be difficult to identify exactly what caused a food-related illness, it is important to try to identify the party responsible so that they can be held accountable for whatever actions caused the illness. If you suspect that you have food poisoning, monitor your symptoms, seek medical attention if necessary, do your best to identify the source of your illness, and be aware of your rights as a customer.