Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, happens when victims eat foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, and hazardous substances. Symptoms can begin within hours of ingesting the food and may include nausea, fever, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody stool. Extreme cases of food poisoning can require hospitalization, but most cases usually resolve without treatment in a day or two. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
If you’ve experienced severe food poisoning and you believe it was caused by eating food from a particular restaurant, supermarket, farm, or other source, you should contact Atkins & Markoff to learn more about your legal options. If you’d like more information, keep reading to learn about how attorneys prove negligence, determine the level of harm inflicted, and assess the potential damages in a foodborne illness case.