You never expected that a trip to a restaurant for a family meal could end up being so regrettable, but it happens. Food poisoning can occur wherever there are consumables, whether it's food or drinks, and can wreck havoc on even the healthiest people. One leading cause of this misery is salmonella, so read on to learn more about this illness and how to contact a personal injury attorney and make the restaurant pay for their carelessness and negligence.
What happens when you consume food that is affected by salmonella?
If you can eat it, it could be affected by salmonella, but it is most often present in eggs, poultry and meat. You will notice the signs quickly in most cases, but it can take up to about 12 to 72 hours for some. This illness can cause you to feel sick for several days. Often, you will experience:
Headaches and other body pain
Eventually, the diarrhea and vomiting will create dehydration.
Take action fast
If you suddenly feel ill, see a doctor right away. Salmonella can be detected through stool and blood samples and the doctor may be able to treat your symptoms and help prevent dehydration. Anyone with a more vulnerable status, such as those who are very young, older or pregnant or who have a compromised immune system are at even greater risk and should seek care quickly.
To ensure that you have a good claim, do the following:
If you have the food or any take-out containers at home, preserve them by placing them in plastic bags and sealing. If there are still bits of food or drink present, testing could confirm the presence of salmonella.
Save your restaurant receipts or bill.
Let your local county health department know about your illness. If you got sick, there's a good chance that other people did too and your contact could spur an investigation that could prevent even more people from getting sick.
Follow medical advice and avoid self-medicating.
If you ate with others, let them know about your illness.
Avoid dairy foods and drink plenty of liquids, preferably water.
Contact an attorney
You can expect to receive several types of compensation, such as:
Pain and suffering
If you or your loved one has been made ill by food or drink consumed from a restaurant, take action quickly to ensure that you can be compensated. You should not have to worry about getting sick from eating a meal away from home, and business' have a responsibility to provide patrons with safe fare.
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