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Average Case Value of a Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Average Payout Compensation For A Food Poisoning Lawsuit
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food poisoning infects 1 out of 6 Americans every year. While in most cases, food poisoning passes after a few uncomfortable days, in some cases, more specifically within children and elderly adults, food poisoning requires intensive hospitalization. The expenses from these periods in the hospital can be astronomical in some cases, and may all be at the fault of the restaurant, grocery store, or gas station in which the victim contracted the illness. If you or a loved one has contracted a food borne illness at the fault of poorly prepared food or by the poor hygiene of a food preparer you may be eligible for compensation. Victims of food poisoning who have been admitted to the care of a hospital should not have to pay for the extensive bills out of pocket. At Normandie Law Firm, our team of highly skilled Los Angeles attorneys can guide you through the process of filing your claim, fighting your case, and earning you and your loved ones proper settlement.

What Is A Food Borne Illness?
Often referred to as food poisoning, this highly common infection involves the consumption of contaminated, spoiled, or toxic food or water. The symptoms that come with the varying forms of food poisoning tend to include: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms can vary, however, depending on the source of the infection, and the type of infection you or a loved one has endured. The incubation time for the infection also depends on the source of variance of infection, but typically it can range from as quickly as 1 hour to as long as 28 days. Food poisoning can also be potentially life-threatening if you experience any of these following symptoms

  • Diarrhea lasting for three days or more
  • A fever above 101.5 F
  • Blurred vision or slurred speech
  • Severe dehydration
  • Bloody urine

There are a variety of foodborne illness strains as well. They are as follows:

  • Salmonella: caused by undercooked eggs, raw milk, and poultry. More common in the summer than in the winter.
  • E. Coli: A strain of bacteria called O157: H7 which can lead to kidney failure. Often occurs when food or water that has been contaminated by feces is consumed
  • Hepatitis: Hepatitis A, B, and C cause thousands of hospitalizations each year, and there remains to be a cure. This strain can lead to liver failure and has a multitude of causes, poorly prepared food being one of them.
  • Listeria: One of the deadliest foodborne illness strains, Listeria has a fatality rate of nearly 20%. This strain is often caused by the consumption of contaminated food and is more likely to infect pregnant women, newborns, and adults older than 65.
  • Norovirus: Typically, this strain of foodborne illness occurs on Cruise Ships, in hospitals, and at fine dining restaurants. Norovirus is a highly infectious strain of food poisoning and is responsible for more than half of all food poisoning reports
  • Shigella: Caused by a bacterial agent, Shigella often causes severe diarrhea and gastroenteritis. Some infected with Shigella experience no symptoms at all, but are still infectious and can pass on the bacteria to others.

Filing A Food Poisoning Lawsuit
Whether you or your loved one received food poisoning at fast food restaurants or on a cruise ship, you may be eligible for compensation.  If a place that serves food improperly prepares said food, it is within the customer’s right to sue that restaurant or food serving business for damages. Owners and staff of these properties are upheld to a certain code of conduct that they are expected to follow every day on the job.

Those who are hoping to sue a restaurant for compensation often ask questions like: ‘what is the average payout for a food poisoning lawsuit?’ or ‘how much is my food poisoning case worth?’ All of these questions can be answered when consulting one of our skilled lawyers who can walk you through the process of determining the value of your claim. Estimating an average, or ascertain the value of any one particular food poisoning illness case depends on these set of factors that may or may not make up your case:

  • Was the restaurant or another sort of eatery at fault for the damages you have received? If not, was the manufacturer or food packager at fault for damages?
  • What was the nature of your food borne illness? Was it caused by the negligence of a cook, or by the improper food handling of a server
  • What was the extent of the damages you received? Were you admitted to the hospital for your damages?

Answering these questions to an attorney may help them discern the exact value of your particular case. For this reason, an average is not so easy to estimate as every situation is different, and the settlement amount of one case may make an exact average amount inaccurate. The damages that you can recover in a food borne illness settlement can vary depending on the damages that you received. However, here is a list of all the damages that are legally recoverable in a food poisoning illness case:

  • Medical bills
  • A Loss of Income
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress

If a loved one is lost from food poisoning, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the responsible place of business. In these cases, the income and support lost by the deceased individual can be reimbursed to the damaged party.

If you have experienced food poisoning as the result of negligence in a restaurant we recommend you seek immediate medical attention and keep the food that caused the said illness. The sooner your illness is reported, the more likely you are to find a proper settlement for your case.

About Our Law Firm:
Our Los Angeles based law firm has years of experience in ensuring the rights of those who have endured the damages as the result of negligent food processors, manufacturers, distributors, and restaurants. Contact our law offices, and our team of well versed legal professionals can walk you through the process of filing your claim. Per our zero fee guarantee policy, all of our clients only pay for our services once they have reached proper settlement. Our clients can also receive free second case reviews if needed. So contact Normandie Law Firm today, and you can be one step closer to earning the compensation that you deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

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