What Should I Do if I Get Food Poisoning from a Restaurant?

Food poisoning is terrible to endure. If can completely incapacitate the victim, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. If you fall ill after dining out – there are certain steps you should take in order to assure your safety and the safety of others.

Step 1: Take care of yourself

Your first priority should always be getting through the illness. If you suspect that you are in danger of serious dehydration, call your doctor or even 911. Food poisoning can be very severe and it is important to take the situation seriously.

Step 2: Report Food Poisoning to your Local Health Department

Reporting your illness can help health department professionals to identify potential outbreaks or foodborne illness. If you recall, the recent e.coli outbreak was traced back to raw spinach. If these illnesses are identified and examined, they can be contained and officials can take preventative measures that help control similar foodborne illness outbreaks in the future.

Step 3: Contact the restaurant

If you suspect that your illness follows a particular meal at a restaurant, then you should absolutely call them up. They may have other victims, and it is always smart for them to have a heads up that their food is making people sick. It may lead to the discovery of unsafe conditions and help them to prevent similar cases in the future.

Step 4: Consider a lawsuit

It can be difficult to prove that a specific restaurant meal lead directly to your poisoning, but if you believe you have solid evidence, give us a call to discuss the details of your specific case. We would be happy to help you in understanding and handling your case.

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