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Restaurant Food Poisoning

Whether it’s the dinner and a movie that’s a part of date night or going out to lunch with co-workers, people regularly dine out at restaurants all over Southeastern Pennsylvania. However, when patrons ingest food that was improperly stored, poorly prepared, contaminated, or mishandled in some other way, they may come down with extremely serious illnesses that could possibly have long-term consequences. Common examples of food poisoning include, but are not limited to:

  • Botulism
  • Campylobacter
  • Cholera
  • Cyclospora
  • E. Coli
  • Hepatitis A
  • Listeria
  • Norovirus
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Vibrio

Food poisoning is not limited to an extra day or two of time in the bathroom. Serious cases can merit hospitalization and may cause highly severe damage to internal organs. In some cases, people can die from food poisoning.

Dining establishments are expected to comply with state and federal health regulations. If food becomes contaminated because a business failed to properly handle it and then a customer suffers physical and financial harm after consuming the food, then the party that prepared and sold the food to the injured person may be considered negligent. This can make a restaurant, store, or other entity that sells food liable for all of the damages sustained by the patron.

In these types of cases, the restaurant may be owned by an individual franchisee or a corporate parent. It will also typically be represented by an insurance company that will attempt to deny any liability for food poisoning. This could mean arguing that a victim contracted a foodborne illness from some other meal or location, or it could attempt to transfer blame to a negligent distributor or product manufacturer.

The West Chester restaurant food poisoning lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices work as a team to determine all possible negligent parties and then seek all of the compensation that victims are entitled to. Our firm has decades of experience with these types of cases, and we represent clients on a contingency fee basis so the fee for our legal services only applies if the victim gets a monetary award.

Call (610) 719-3190 right now to schedule a free consultation that will let our restaurant food poisoning attorneys review your case. We serve Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County.