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Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers

Food poisoning can be a simple case of an upset stomach or it can have severe, long term consequences. If you plan to pursue legal compensation as a victim of food poisoning, it’s important that you seek ongoing medical care.

As you start building your case, seeking regular medical care can help you recover physically, gather evidence of your suffering, and estimate past and future expenses.

Food poisoning cases can be complex, so hiring an experienced food poisoning lawyer is a vital step of seeking compensation. If you or a loved one is a victim of food poisoning, you’ll need to be well-informed about protecting your health and protecting your legal rights. An attorney can help you understand how best to strengthen your case and maximize your settlement.

Protecting Your Health

After a food poisoning episode, your primary concern should be your health. Food poisoning, depending on the cause, can have serious consequences. If you don’t seek the appropriate medical attention, you could worsen your condition or face severe complications. Ongoing medical treatment can significantly improve your prognosis and quality of life.

Doctors and specialists have your best interests in mind and can help you recover faster and design the best treatment plan for you. If you are currently experiencing food poisoning, be prepared to seek medical attention with your local primary care provider, emergency room, or urgent care clinic if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.

Gathering Evidence

Ongoing medical treatment can help you strengthen your case for legal compensation. Whenever you seek medical care, it creates a paper trail and a record of your medical condition. During negotiations, our team will need to use medical reports, your doctor’s records, and your history of medical care to show that you suffered medical consequences as a result of food poisoning.

These records can corroborate your own account of your symptoms and food poisoning experience.

Showing Causality

Ongoing medical treatment is critical to showing that your medical troubles are the result of your food poisoning. Doctors can run tests that identify the type of bacteria or parasite that infected you, and, if the company that sold you contaminated food still has samples of the food or a record of contamination, they may be able to link your illness directly to that supply.

Ongoing treatment is also vital to showing that later illnesses are the result of food poisoning. If you begin suffering from arthritis after severe food poisoning, a record of ongoing medical treatment can trace your current maladies to your poisoning. If you do not seek ongoing medical care, this link becomes unclear. Even if your arthritis was caused by food poisoning, it can be difficult to show this relationship.

This is particularly important to women seeking compensation for pregnancy complications and individuals who have suffered brain or nerve damage. Your medical history can show that no intervening event caused these damages.

Estimating Damages

Medical care can also help you come up with a fair number for compensation. Doctor’s appointments, treatments, prescriptions, and rehab are expensive, and until you have an understanding of how much these recurring costs will sum up to, you may overestimate or underestimate what a fair settlement might be.

A diagnosis and treatment plan can help you make a case for compensation and show that you have faced a significant financial burden as a result of the food provider’s negligence.

Contact OFT Food Safety and Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning, our team can help. Our attorneys have over 40 years of combined experience in food safety law, helping clients like you get the justice they deserve. Food poisoning is a serious issue, and no company should get away with negligence. Our history of experienced, compassionate, and tenacious representation has made us one of the top food poisoning law firms in the nation.

At OFT Food Safety and Injury Lawyers, we help our clients gather evidence, protect their rights, and get results. Your attorney will help you negotiate a settlement and fight for you in court if necessary. We know the suffering that food poisoning can bring, and we believe no one should have to pay for someone else’s negligence.

Call us today at (888) 828-7087 or reach out to us online to schedule your free consultation. Our team is ready to start building your case.

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