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I Got Sick After Eating at a Restaurant

Food poisoning falls under the category of a personal injury. If you fall sick after eating at a restaurant you can make a personal injury claim against the business. You will need to provide specific medical evidence to support your claim. You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to assist you with your compensation.

Go to the Hospital

If you become sick as soon as you have eaten in a restaurant, don't take any medication, or wait hoping that it will go away. You will need a full examination by a healthcare professional to ascertain the precise pathogen responsible for the food poisoning. If any of the following bacteria is present in your food, it will cause you to get sick; salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, E coli, vibrio and shigella.

Bacterial Testing

Once the type of bacteria has been established, further tests are conducted to isolate its DNA fingerprint. These tests will determine exactly where the source of food came from that poisoned you. This is why it is imperative that you go to the hospital if you are unwell. This type of evidence is required to make a strong argument.

Groups of People

If 20 people all ate at the same restaurant within the same time frame and all got food poisoning, health officials will come to the conclusion that the restaurant was responsible regardless of whether a geographic location for the source was found or not.

An Employee

If a sick employee is handling the food, the poisoning may have originated from them and not the food. It is easy for an illness to spread, especially in environments where there is food and a lot of people. Sneezing, not washing hands after using the toilet, coughing and even yawning can spread germs.


If you brought home carryout, your first instinct will be to throw it in the trash after getting sick, don't do it! You should contact a personal injury lawyer to find out how you should store the left over's for evidence. They may tell you to freeze it, or to take the food to the hospital so that they can perform lab work on it. A thorough examination of the food will determine the cause of your poisoning.

Punitive Damages

You may be eligible to claim punitive damages if an investigation discovers that the restaurant has violated health and safety regulations. Such violations are deemed as "gross negligence." Your personal injury lawyer in Kentucky will need to provide substantial evidence to prove that you are entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded as well as the costs of lost income, medical expenses, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

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If you are a victim of food poisoning, you will need to contact a personal injury lawyer in Covington to thoroughly investigate the case on your behalf. Making a claim against a restaurant is significantly different than all other personal injury claims. Therefore it is imperative that you hire a Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyer so that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

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