We periodically hear about cases of mass food poisoning (http://bit.ly/157rWSX) like the case at Federico’s Mexican Restaurant in Litchfield Park, Arizona, in July. In this tragic case, at least seventy-nine people were sickened and some twenty-nine hospitalized.
There are around seventy-six million cases of food poisoning (http://bit.ly/1dqLUNN) in the U.S. every year! Many of these cases are relatively minor, needing nothing more than a day of recovery. But some three hundred twenty-five thousand are serious enough to require hospitalization, and about five thousand result in death. Some cases are so severe that the victims’ lives are permanently affected by their illness.
If you or a loved one has been struck with a serious case of food poisoning, you may be wondering whether it’s worth pursuing a personal injury claim against the restaurant that served you the bad meal.
Where food poisoning doesn’t require medical attention and takes you out for only a day or so, it may not make financial sense to pursue a claim, since filing fees and other expenses will probably eat up anything you receive.
But when a bad meal sends you to the hospital and you’re hit with dehydration and loss of income from extended time away from work, it may make sense to speak with a Missouri personal injury attorney about your case. In the Federico case mentioned earlier, three people came down with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney disorder that results from an E. coli infection and can be life threatening.