If you suspect that you have contracted food poisoning, contact your local health department to get tested. You should be sure to give your local health department all the information you can about the food you consumed, as this will help the health officials pinpoint the source of the outbreak. In some cases, food poisoning is a serious illness, and it can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and kidney failure. Pregnant women may experience a mild flu-like illness, but in some cases, the resulting infection can be severe and even cause premature delivery or stillbirth. Other serious illnesses, such as bacteremia or meningitis, can occur in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
The first step in pursuing a food poisoning lawsuit is to determine what caused the illness. Foodborne illnesses can be hard to identify, but many cases have a common cause. Eating out regularly can cause foodborne illnesses. These illnesses can result in diarrhea, vomiting, and severe stomach cramps. Often, these illnesses only last a few days. To file a food poisoning lawsuit, you’ll need to identify the tainted food that caused the illness.
It’s important to understand that food contamination can happen at any point during the production process. Cross-contamination is a major cause, and contaminated raw foods don’t destroy harmful organisms before you eat them. Food poisoning is caused by a variety of bacterial and viral agents, including contaminated water and undercooked meat. You can get food poisoning by eating unpasteurized milk or unpasteurized meat.