Virginia Food Poisoning Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning from a food or drink that was purchased in Tysons, a good Tysons, VA food poisoning lawyer may be able to help to hold the business that sold you the food or drink that made you sick, liable for their wrongdoings. It does not matter what kind of food it was or the kind of place that sold it to you, businesses have an obligation to keep the public safe from harmful products. Whether it was food purchased in a Tysons grocery store, restaurant, fast food place, a liquor store, a cafe, a convenience store, a food truck, or even from a street vendor, a good food poisoning lawyer who is the licensed to protect people throughout Commonwealth of VA, may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The term food poisoning is the colloquial term for what the medical community commonly refers to as foodborne illness or foodborne disease. It is any illness resulting from the spoilage of contaminated food. These illnesses are commonly caused by pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites that contaminate food. The terms also encompass illnesses resulting from toxins such as poisonous mushrooms, various species of beans when they have not been boiled properly, fiddle ferns that have not been boiled twice with the water thrown out each time, etc.
There are many different symptoms of food poisoning that can cause anywhere from mild to serious illness, and in extreme cases, even death. These symptoms vary depending on the cause and will take varying amounts of time, anywhere from immediately to a few hours or even a few days, to manifest into illness. Common symptoms of food poisoning include but are not limited to:
- Sweating and/or chills
- Joint and/or back and/or body aches
The above and less common symptoms typically last one to seven days. It is important to seek medical attention if your symptoms are serious and in case you have to file a food poisoning personal injury claim.
Food Poisoning Lawyer
If you have suffered from any of the above, you may have or have had food poisoning even if you do not remember eating anything suspicious. Because the symptoms of food poisoning can show up days after eating or drinking something that was contaminated, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a Tysons, VA food poisoning lawyer as soon as you can. A lawyer who is experienced with successfully defending the rights of food poisoning victims in Tysons and other parts of VA may be able to help you determine whether or not you have a food poisoning injury claim that is worth moving forward with.
Can I Sue A Restaurant for Food Poisoning?
You’re with your significant other on your way to a much-anticipated week at the beach. Lunch is a quick stop at a favorite restaurant and you’re on the road again. A few hours later, after checking into your hotel, you find yourself getting violently ill and spend the balance of your beach vacation either in the bathroom or in the emergency room because you have become severely dehydrated. Not quite what you expected to be doing with your vacation time. You’ve spent hundreds, maybe thousands, on your vacation plans you were not able to enjoy any of it. Doctors at the emergency room diagnosed you with food poisoning. You are certain that the source of the bad food was the stop you made for lunch on your way to the beach. But do you have any recourse?
For starters, document your timeline, include receipts from where you think you acquired the food poisoning, records from the emergency room. The personal injury team of Cohen & Cohen can advise you on your next steps. They can check to see if there is a class action suit already filed — meaning many other people eating at that restaurant suffered the same symptoms as you during the same time frame. If a class action suit is underway, it is best to directly contact the Tysons VA food poisoning lawyers handling that specific case.
Joining a class-action suit that is already in existence can be advantageous because:
- The attorneys working the class action suit are experienced with bringing large cases against big corporations. These food poisoning lawyers in Tysons, VA work on your behalf when you join the class action.
- There should be no costs up front for you
- The attorneys take care of all the complicated legal issues
You can also choose not to be a part of an existing class action suit and pursue a lawsuit on your own. Cohen & Cohen has attorneys experienced in food poisoning cases and can consult you as to how to proceed.
The biggest challenge to a food poisoning case is proving your claim. In order to be successful in your lawsuit you must be able to show that:
- The food you consumed at that restaurant was contaminated
- Because it was contaminated, it made you sick
Proving that you ate contaminated food at a particular restaurant is hard to prove because there is often a time delay between the time you at the food and the time you got sick. It becomes much easier to prove if others got sick in the same timeframe as you and also reported it.
If a government agency is able to trace the food poisoning to a specific source, it becomes easier to present a case.
To prove that the contamination was the source of your illness, you need to test a stool sample for food poisoning. The results can show that this sample contained the very disease-causing microbes found in the restaurant where you ate. Proving this will definitely make your case stronger.
Contact our team of experienced Tysons VA food poisoning lawyers for a consultation to determine if you have enough information to file a claim against the parties who made you ill and ruined your vacation.