Some victims of food poisoning weather their illness at home, but severe cases of food poisoning may require you to seek medical attention. Serious complications and side effects of food poisoning can result in hospital visits, bills from specialists, and expensive procedures.
If you’re a victim of severe food poisoning, it’s vital that you contact a food poisoning attorney. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Serious food poisoning cases are rarely simple, so you may find yourself visiting medical specialists besides your general practitioner, and your recovery could take a long time.
Often, the first person you turn to when you’re feeling unwell is your primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP is usually trusted, has shorter waits and referrals, and may know you well enough to say whether your symptoms are unusual for you.
For children and the elderly, a pediatrician or geriatrician may be your first resource. These doctors can often help you understand what food poisoning does to your body and can direct you towards more specialized care if you have concerns. If you are currently pregnant, you may want to speak to your obstetrician-gynecologist to understand the risks of food poisoning and when to seek advanced care.
Your primary care provider may also be able to prescribe you medicine to relieve your more minor symptoms, order tests to check what kind of food poisoning you have, and answer questions about home treatment.
Depending on the severity of your case, your complications, and any unexpected health outcomes, you may find yourself needing the care of specialists. For particularly severe cases of food poisoning, hospitalization under the supervision of immunologists, infectious disease specialists, and nurses.
In the aftermath, you may need to consult specialists for the health consequences of food poisoning. Severe food poisoning can lead to organ damage, brain and nerve damage, arthritis, and gastrointestinal disorders, among other rare complications. Victims of food poisoning who are pregnant may need to visit additional specialists if they suffered pregnancy complications as a result of their illness.
Your doctor or other care providers might refer you to neurologists, nephrologists, rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, and other specialists to document and diagnose our symptoms, as well as design a treatment plan.
An emergency room or urgent care clinic can also provide care to you if you have food poisoning. Symptoms like bloody stool or vomit, pus, inability to keep water down, muscle weakness and paralysis, and vision difficulties are all signs that you should seek immediate medical care.
While emergency room and urgent care bills can be expensive, the nurses and doctors there can help you recover from food poisoning. They may give you medicine, run tests, and hook you up to an IV to keep your fluid levels stable. They can also refer you to more intensive care if you need it, as well as offer a medical opinion on the severity of your case.
Generally, urgent care is faster and less expensive than going to an emergency room, but if your condition is severe, most urgent care clinics will transfer you to an emergency room or hospital for care.
Once you are out of immediate medical danger, contacting an attorney is an important step in recovering from severe food poisoning. OFT Food Safety and Injury Lawyers has years of experience helping victims of food poisoning recover medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering. We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
Our team can help you understand your rights and build your case. Our attorneys use proven tactics to negotiate with insurance and corporate legal teams to help you get the settlement you deserve.
Food poisoning is a public health crisis. Reaching out to a food poisoning lawyer can help you prevent others from being sickened and help you protect your rights. If you or a loved one is a victim of food poisoning, we can help.