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Nobody wants to get food poisoning and if you do, the last thing on your mind is hiring a lawyer.

But most people who have experienced food poisoning want answers: What food made me sick? How did the food get contaminated? Who is responsible? Furthermore, if you have been sick for days or weeks, you will want your medical bills paid, your lost wages compensated, and money for pain and suffering. An experienced food poisoning lawyer can help. A lawyer focused on food poisoning cases will know how to prove where you got sick and how to get you compensation for what can be a very serious life-threatening illness.

The trick is to find the right lawyer. Unfortunately, personal injury lawyers fill the internet with all sorts of advertising and much of it misleading at best.

How do you find the right lawyer for your food poisoning case? At the end of the day, choosing a lawyer is a highly personal and individual process. You must trust your lawyer. To help figure out if a lawyer is right for a food poisoning case, you should ask a lot of questions. Good lawyers welcome the chance to talk about how they can help you and why they are a good fit.

Call OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers at (888) 828-0787 for a free consultation to see if we are the right attorneys for your case.

Top Three Questions to Ask a Food Poisoning Lawyer

You should ask any lawyer that you speak with questions before you choose them. Whether you are dealing with a case of Salmonella, Cyclospora, or Listeria, you need help fast.

1. Have you handled food poisoning cases just like my case?

The most important aspect of hiring a lawyer to represent you in a food poisoning case is that lawyer’s specific experience. You should ask how many food poisoning cases the lawyer has handled, how many they are working on right now, and what percentage of their practice is devoted to food poisoning litigation.

Experienced food poisoning lawyers will know the science; know which experts to hire; and how to get you the most money possible. If they don’t have the experience, you will be better off finding a lawyer how does.

2. Have you gone to trial on a food poisoning case?

Trial is rare in today’s court system but in personal injury and product liability cases, trial experience is critically important because being ready, willing and able to go to trial will likely lead to more money for you even when the case settles.
Insurance companies and lawyers for food companies know which lawyers cave in and which ones are willing to fight for best possible results. If a lawyer doesn’t go to trial and the other side knows that, that lawyer has lost their leverage: the threat of a large jury verdict.

Put differently, the best way to maximize the amount of money you get for food poisoning injures is to prepare for trial rather than preparing for settlement.

3. What is the plan on my case?

When you hire a general contractor, financial advisor, or anybody else, you always ask how they plan to reach the goal. It should be no different with lawyers and your lawyer should be able to explain in simple terms how they intend to get the most money for you in the shortest period of time.

Start with the basics like who will be working on my case and what investigation will be completed. Ask what sort of communication or updates to expect. Although timelines in the litigation process are always changing and difficult to predict, your lawyer should be able to address in general terms when things should be done and to set reasonable expectations.

If your lawyer cannot clearly communicate a plan specific to your case – or uses legalese to avoid substance – you might think about interviewing some other lawyers or law firms. Communicating a plan and what to expect from the lawyer and law firm builds trust and sets the foundation for a great working relationship.

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers Will Answer Your Questions

Above all else, you need to find an attorney who will answer your questions. When you call us, we will sit down with you and help you understand what to expect. We will guide your claim and make you feel more secure.

Call us today at (888) 828-0787 to reach out.

Notable Recoveries

$10 million

Seven infants were sickened after consuming a contaminated food product marketed to infants

$6.5 million

Verdict on behalf of a little boy who contracted a severe Salmonella infection from chicken

$7.55 million

Verdict on behalf of a little girl who contracted E. coli at a petting zoo

$2.25 million

E. coli infections contracted from a major fast food chain

$45 million

An over-the-counter medication caused severe kidney damage to multiple users

$3.4 million

A pregnant woman contracted a Listeria infection from contaminated fruit and passed the infection to her child

$3 million

Multistate Cyclospora outbreaks


A couple contracted Salmonella from a restaurant


A pedestrian was struck by a left-turning car, fracturing her tibia


A semi-truck rear-ended a motorcyclist causing a collapsed lung, rib fractures and road rash