Can I Sue A Restaurant For Food Poisoning?

Many of us make a habit out of eating out several times a week. Busy schedules sometimes require going to the drive-through during our lunch hour or grabbing take-out on the way home from work. On the weekend, may find you enjoying an evening out for dinner at your favorite restaurant with family and friends. While occasionally the selection of food items or the service we receive at a certain establishment can vary from establishment to establishment, we generally trust that the food they are serving at these places is safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

At the Ladah Law Firm, our Las Vegas restaurant accident lawyers provide professional legal representation for people who become ill as the result of food served at local restaurants and eateries. Beyond just a mere stomach ache, eating food that is contaminated or that has not been handled properly can result in severe illnesses, and, in extreme causes, can even be life threatening. When you are a victim of food poisoning, it is possible to sue the restaurant and its owners for your suffering.

Types and Symptoms of Foodborne Illnesses

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), roughly 48 million cases of foodborne illness are reported each year. Affecting one out of every six Americans, food poisoning can have significant health impacts, resulting in over 125,000 hospitalizations each year, while being responsible for as many as 3,000 deaths. There are a variety of types of foodborne illnesses, which can produce symptoms ranging from mild to severe. While simple strains of bacteria may cause stomachaches and cramping that last for 24 to 48 hours, more advanced strains could leave you with symptoms that recur for months and even years after the event. Among the most serious types of food poisoning include the following:

  • Hepatitis A: can result in jaundice and flu type symptoms that can occur for weeks or several months after exposure;
  • Cyclosporiasis: can result in vomiting, loss of appetite, cramping, and fatigue that reoccurs over a period of months;
  • Listeria: causes muscle cramping and can result in premature birth for pregnant women, in addition to the development of meningitis in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems;
  • E coli: causes severe diarrhea and vomiting and can result in kidney failure;
  • Botulism: causes vomiting, blurred vision, and muscle weakness that can recur off and on for an indefinite period of time and may lead to respiratory failure.

Holding Restaurants Accountable

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne diseases are caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can be harbored within food items. Proper food safety and storage practices play a major role in the development of these types of illnesses, and restaurant owners and managers can be held accountable for negligent conditions which allow customers to be infected. These types of conditions include the following:

  • Failure to clean and sanitize food preparation and storage areas;
  • Failure to maintain adequate cooling temperatures in freezers and refrigeration units;
  • Failure to store foods properly or to throw out food items which have reached their expiration date;
  • Failure to follow cooking time and temperature requirements;
  • Failure to maintain employee standards of cleanliness, such as hand washing and requiring employees to wear gloves when handling food.  

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

If you or someone you care about is a victim of food poisoning, contact Ladah Law Firm today. Our experienced Las Vegas restaurant accident lawyers can advise you on how to hold negligent restaurant owners and manager responsible for the damages you have suffered, so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Call or contact our office online today to schedule a confidential case review.