Homepage > Can I Get Compensation for Food Poisoning if I Didn’t Go To the Hospital?
February 15, 2021
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
Yes. You can get compensation for all of your losses if you get food poisoning, not just hospital costs. Your losses may include a lot of different things. Read below to learn more.
If you do get sick from eating bad food, contact OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers. We will evaluate your case and let you know everything you can get compensation for.
Food poisoning cases, including Salmonella, E.coli, Listeria, and others, are like many other personal injury cases. They are very similar to product liability cases. The food is the product, and the restaurant, store, or other party is liable for its safety.
If someone causes you to get food poisoning, you can get compensation for:
These costs can be made up of much more than hospital bills.
The main reason to go to the hospital, of course, is to get help with your illness. Food poisoning can lead to severe symptoms requiring emergency intervention and admission for an in-patient hospital stay. But getting emergency medical treatment at a hospital also records the initial facts for your food poisoning case. The hospital will run blood tests, send data for cultures, and expedite your diagnosis. If your illness is part of a larger outbreak, seeking medical attention can also help public health investigators piece together the source of the outbreak. If you have a food poisoning case, medical records can also show the insurance company that your condition was so serious that you needed immediate medical treatment.
If you don’t go to the hospital, you may still need to get medical treatment. You can go to an urgent care center or your primary care physician. They may refer you to specialists to get proper treatment and tests to determine what type of food poisoning you have and how to treat it.
If you don’t go to the hospital, it might be more challenging to prove that you had severe intense symptoms that required immediate treatment. But you can still show that you needed treatment at home and from other medical providers. The main issue from a legal perspective is that to pursue a case we typically need a lab-confirmed positive test showing the specific pathogen that made you sick.
Even if you don’t go to the doctor right away, you should contact a lawyer if you test positive for a foodborne illness. We know that your illness symptoms might be overwhelming. However, your attorney can immediately start giving you legal advice to help guide you.
OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers can help you navigate a food poisoning claim from start to finish. We have more than 40 years of combined experience, and we are ready to act for you.
You deserve compensation after suffering from food poisoning. Even if you didn’t go to the hospital, you could get money to cover your other damages.