A Maryland restaurant food poisoning claim can be harmful and maybe even deadly. The Center for Disease Control estimates that every year in the United States, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food borne diseases. These statistics represent reported cases, the number of actual food poisoning incidents would likely increase when considering the cases where the incident goes unreported. Given the amount of cuisine available for purchase from restaurants or other food vendors, it should not come as a surprise that food poisoning is a significant risk to public safety. The risk presented to the public from a Maryland restaurant food borne illness becomes even greater when restaurants and other food vendors unknowingly serve tainted consumable products to the public or through their own negligence contaminate food that will be served to the public.
What Causes a Maryland Restaurant Food Poisoning Claim in Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland
Before discussing, the legal rights Maryland restaurant food poisoning victims have, it is important to discuss what causes food poisoning and the symptoms of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when a person eats food contaminated with bacteria or other toxins. These bacteria or toxins may be present in the food from a supplier or the food may become contaminated during the process of provision preparation. Symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps, and start 4 to 36 hours after eating contaminated consumables.
When a person contracts a foodborne illness by consuming edible goods purchased from a restaurant or other food vendor, an injured party may seek compensation for their injuries if the restaurant or vendor was negligent in preparing and serving consumables.
Proving your Maryland Restaurant Food Poisoning Claim against a Maryland Restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland
Food poisoning injury claims often involve filing suit against a Maryland restaurant or other Maryland food vendor for failing to handle, prepare, or process consumables in a manner that avoids the risk of food poisoning to consumers. Further, an injured party may file a claim against a food supplier who sold contaminated consumables to a restaurant or other food vendor.
In these cases, the obligations regarding handling consumables are defined by Maryland regulations regarding the proper handling, preparation, or processing of consumed goods. Therefore, establishing a party was negligent often involves checking if the Maryland restaurant or Maryland vendor was compliant with food safety regulations. If a party violated any of the Maryland Food regulations or otherwise failed to exercise reasonable care or intentionally caused you to contract a Maryland restaurant food borne illness, you can seek compensation for medical expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and for loss of income due to inability to work.
Speak with a Maryland Restaurant Food Poisoning Attorney for Your Case in Montgomery County, Maryland or Prince George’s County, Maryland
If you have suffered a Maryland foodborne illness due to another person’s negligence and you are concerned about whether you have a valid Maryland food poisoning claim, the Law Office of LaSheena M. Williams can provide a free and confidential case evaluation. A Maryland Restaurant Food Poisoning Claim can be complicated and it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your claim.
At the Law Office of LaSheena M. Williams, LLC, our firm diligently represents clients across Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, College Park, Cheverly, Greenbelt, Oxon Hill, Hyattsville, Upper Marlboro, Largo, Bowie and surrounding communities. To schedule an initial consultation to discuss your Maryland restaurant food poisoning claim, call the Law Office of LaSheena M. Williams directly at (301) 778 – 9950 or leave an online request for a consultation.