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Four Things to Know Before You File a Food Poisoning Claim Against a Restaurant

If you are served contaminated food in a restaurant, the restaurant may be liable for your food poisoning damages. But before you go ahead and file a personal injury claim after becoming ill from eating restaurant food, it is important that you understand a few important facts about filing a food poisoning claim. Below are four issues to consider and discuss with your lawyer before you move forward with your claim.

The Pathogen Responsible for your Illness Must be Identified by a Doctor

Your claim cannot simply state that you felt sick and experienced symptoms of food poisoning after eating in a restaurant. You must be able to prove that you suffered from the effects of a specific bacterial or viral infection, such as Salmonella, Listeria, Hepatitis A, or E.Coli. Your doctor can determine and document the cause of your illness through a stool or blood test.

E.Coli Outbreak Linked to Bridgeport Restaurant

In the summer of 2016, 25 Chicago residents fell ill with symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E.Coli (STEC), five of whom had to be hospitalized. STEC is one of many strains of E.Coli that exist, all of which can cause food poisoning symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting. STEC outbreaks are the most commonly-reported type of E.Coli outbreak.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) linked this particular STEC outbreak to Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill. The restaurant voluntarily closed after the outbreak was discovered and cooperated with the CDPH with its investigation. STEC is transmitted through the consumption of contaminated foods, which are often raw milk, undercooked beef, and raw, unwashed produce. The investigation did not determine which specific food product became contaminated and caused this outbreak.

Symptoms of STEC Infection

Do Not Wash Your Turkey This Thanksgiving

At first glance, you might think you misread the title of this blog post. For most of us, washing food is the natural next step before seasoning and cooking it. Conventional wisdom says that this is the way to remove harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. With most foods, this is correct. But with raw poultry, washing simply splashes juices from the bird and bacteria around the sink and countertop, creating an atmosphere in which they can be spread to other foods and onto guests' hands.

So, what should you do with the turkey? Cook it to a safe internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill any harmful bacteria in the turkey. To determine whether your turkey has reached a safe internal temperature, stick a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Another way you can make your turkey safer this Thanksgiving is to avoid stuffing it before putting it into the oven. When stuffing is cooked inside a turkey, it absorbs the meat's juice. Rarely, the stuffing reaches a safe internal temperature, which means that it can harbor dangerous bacteria even if the meat does not. To enjoy safe stuffing this year, cook the stuffing separately and add it to the turkey while it rests after being cooked.

Washing Vegetables and Fruits Properly to Avoid Illness

Which Foods Put Me at Risk of Listeria Poisoning?

Listeria is a type of bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning symptoms in individuals who consume it. The symptoms include nausea, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, fever, nausea, diarrhea, and confusion. This illness is also known as listeriosis.

Like other types of food poisoning, such as salmonella and botulism, listeria enters the body by being consumed on food. Certain types of food are more likely to carry listeria than others. In healthy adults, listeriosis generally resolves itself within a few days. But for pregnant women, infants, young children, the elderly, and any others who suffer from a weakened immune system, listeriosis can be a very serious illness. If you or a loved one have suffered from listeriosis and incurred significant bills, such as medical bills and lost wages because you could not work while you were ill, you could be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your expenses through a food poisoning claim.

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