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If you have fallen ill with a foodborne illness, you may be able to take legal action through food poisoning lawsuits against a restaurant or food distributor. However, you must be able to prove that the particular food caused the food poisoning, which necessitates specific evidence including a doctor’s diagnosis, showing that the illness caused severe harm, and perhaps genetic tests that match bacteria found on the infected person, a restaurant and food.

Protect Your Rights

As a result of food poisoning lawsuits, a victim may be compensated for the effects of a severe illness that could have been prevented by taking usual sanitary precautions. In some cases, food poisoning can lead to vast amounts of medical expenses, loss of wages, and significant pain and suffering. The amount of money won in a verdict or settlement with a restaurant or food company depends on the severity of the illness and the body of evidence that the affected party can preserve. It is prudent to seek immediate medical attention and contact an experienced attorney. Your illness may be related to a more significant disease outbreak, and you are more likely to have a successful case.

To protect your legal rights after falling ill from food poisoning, it is crucial that a medical professional test a urine, blood, and stool sample to determine the specific pathogen (bacteria, virus or parasite) that made you sick. Medical testing can narrow down where and how you were affected. A laboratory should genetically test bacterial cells, as the results will be crucial evidence for a plaintiff.

If you have any questions about the important lab testing or legal procedure, contact us or call (800) 720-5913 for information.

Gathering Medical Evidence

Pulsed-field gel electrophoreses (PFGE), and whole gene sequencing processes can identify DNA patterns in bacteria. Upon receipt of a Campylobacter, E. coli, Salmonella, or another bacterial pathogen diagnosis, bacteria found in the patient, the food and a restaurant can undergo PFGE testing. If the DNA patterns match, this is significant evidence that can lead to a successful legal claim. Once you have medical evidence on your side, a personal injury attorney can advise you how to proceed against the negligent party that caused the illness.

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