Food Poisoning Accident Lawyers

Holding Restaurants Accountable

Food Poisoning Accidents

Dining out at a restaurant is a common and enjoyable activity. We consider which restaurants have the most appealing food on their menus, or the best happy hour deals, but rarely do we consider the restaurant’s efforts to ensure the safety and quality of the food it serves. Food poisoning from the consumption of contaminated or improperly prepared food is a serious health concern that can lead to illness, hospitalization, and even death. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 48 million people suffer from a foodborne illness every year. Fortunately, most of these cases involve feeling miserable for at most a few days and have no lasting impact. However, around 128,000 people are hospitalized and about 3,000 people die from foodborne illnesses each year.

It’s a Restaurant’s Duty to Prepare Safe Food

Restaurants owe their patrons a duty of care to provide safe and properly prepared food. This duty extends to maintaining hygienic kitchen practices, proper food storage, and contamination prevention measures. When a patron gets sick from a foodborne illness, the restaurant has breached its duty. However, it can be difficult to prove which food caused the illness, as most people eat food from a variety of sources each day and are exposed to invisible viruses and bacteria constantly. This task gets much easier when a lot of people get sick from the same food, such as the recent incidents of hundreds of Chipotle customers being sickened due to exceptionally poor food safety practices.

Most minor cases of food poisoning are not worth pursuing. However, if you or a loved one was hospitalized, lost wages because you could not go to work, or suffered any lasting injuries due to food poisoning, you may be able to hold the restaurant accountable for causing your illness. Contact the skilled attorneys at Gruel Mills today; we have experience pursuing food poisoning claims, and we will guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible recovery.

To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your food poisoning claim with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 616-235-5500. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to pay for our services unless we recover money for you.

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