The legal implications of food poisoning can be difficult to prove. It is almost impossible to trace which food product over the course of one’s regular eating patterns, caused the illness. Yet it can be done. And below are 6 ways food poisoning could leave you needing a lawyer.
1. The Hospital
The hospital must first diagnose you with a disease, eg. Listeriosis. This is a complicated process of examining contents of the gut, blood and faecal matter. The organism causing the disease needs to be isolated and identified.
2. The Bacteria
The same food product must have the organism that caused the contamination. And the source of the contamination must be identified. Once all these parameters are put together. Either a criminal case or class action lawsuit can be lodged.
3. The Food
To achieve a successful claim, one must show that the food that one ate, was contaminated. And that this same contaminated food, was what made you sick in the first place. This is even more of a battle, if there had been a time delay between eating the food and exhibiting symptoms. In the case of Listeriosis, this could take up to 70 days. Yet, it is easier to prove if other people have become sick with food poisoning by eating the same contaminated food.