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Proving a Food Poisoning Case

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Kent County Food Poisoning LawyerFood poisoning is one of the least pleasant experiences you can have. Severe cases can leave you nauseous, dehydrated, and in pain for days or even weeks. Some people ultimately need to be hospitalized in order to treat food poisoning. People who are immunocompromised, elderly, chronically ill, and children are the most likely to experience severe illness after getting food poisoning. You may know exactly which food from which restaurant got you sick but proving it to a jury may be another story. Fortunately, there are several strategies available to attorneys who handle food poisoning cases under a products liability theory that can help you prove your case. If you suffered food poisoning after dining out, it is important to contact an attorney first, before you reach out to the establishment. Being represented right off the bat can make an enormous difference in these cases. 

What Kinds of Proof Are Needed for a Food Poisoning Case?

The difficulty with food poisoning litigation is proving that a specific dining establishment caused your illness. Some types of proof are easier to come by than others, but an experienced attorney will know how to help you build the body of evidence you need. Types of evidence that may be used in food poisoning cases include: 

  • Multiple people sick - If you are the only one who became ill after eating out, it can be challenging to prove that it was the restaurant’s food rather than something else you ate. One step your lawyer is likely to take involves looking for other people who also became ill after eating the same food or dish you had. This is why many food poisoning cases become class-action lawsuits–if a restaurant served contaminated food, it likely sickened more than one person. 

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Grand Rapids Car Crash LawyerDrunk drivers can be wildly unpredictable, which makes it nearly impossible for the sober drivers around them to avoid getting hit. Drunk drivers turn without signaling, signal without turning, and cannot seem to stay in their own lanes. They may jump medians, drive up an exit ramp, or blow through stoplights. This can lead to serious crashes that the sober driver could not see coming. 

While the drunk driver - or their insurance company - can certainly be held responsible for any damages they caused, in some cases, there might be another liable party. 

Michigan still has what are called dram shop laws, which can make an establishment that serves alcohol to a patron who later causes an accident liable. An attorney can help give you a better idea of whether dram shop laws may apply to your situation. 

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Kent County Foodborne Illness LawyerEveryone who cooks at home knows that there are certain steps you need to take to avoid giving your family food poisoning. Throw out any bread or baked goods that have mold on them. Do not use the same cutting board for raw meat and vegetables. Restaurants are responsible for the products they serve. The problem with restaurants is that you cannot see what is going in in the kitchen most of the time. You have no way of knowing whether they are handling your food safely. Even if the dining room is very nice, there is no telling what could be going on behind the scenes. If you became seriously ill after eating at a restaurant, you might be able to recover compensation. Contacting a lawyer is the first step. 

What Negligent Kitchen Habits Could Cause Food Poisoning?

In some cases, food is already contaminated when it reaches the restaurant. In others, food reaches the restaurant in a safe condition, and then something the restaurant does renders the food dangerous. Careless behaviors like these could get you sick: 

  • Wrong temperature - Foods that need to be refrigerated must be kept either under 40 degrees Fahrenheit or over 140. The temperature range in between is known as the “danger zone.” Bacteria can multiply very rapidly at those temperatures, causing illness. 

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Kent County Bed Sore Injury LawyerBedsores are often associated with very elderly and very ill bedbound patients in nursing homes. However, even younger and healthier people can suffer from these painful sores, also called “pressure ulcers” while recovering from a serious injury in an inpatient rehabilitation center. People often enter these facilities in a vulnerable state, not expecting to suffer further injury due to neglect. Unfortunately, some of these facilities are less careful than they need to be with their patients. If you or your loved one suffered bedsores while in a rehab center, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation.

What Are Rehabilitation Centers Used For?

These facilities are often used as a sort of “middle ground” between being in the hospital and being at home. Unlike nursing homes, these facilities are generally for short-term stays. People of all ages may stay in these centers while recovering from long-term major injuries. Rehab patients are typically too sick or injured to return home yet and are in need of around-the-clock care. Many of them are transported directly from the hospital to rehab centers. Injuries and conditions that may be treated in rehab centers include: 

  • Traumatic brain injury

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Kent County Car Accident LawyerGrand Rapids is known for its local breweries. With all the excellent beer options offered, many visitors enjoy trying a few - or more than a few. If they take an Uber, walk, use public transportation, or appoint a designated driver, then all should be well and we are glad they came out to support our local businesses. However, when they choose to drive themselves after overindulging, there is likely to be a problem. They could cause a crash involving you. Most instructional guides explaining what to do after a car accident presume the other driver is sober and behaving rationally. This is not always the case. Dealing with a drunk driver after a car accident can be a bit different. 

If you were involved in a car accident with someone who should have found a safer way home from one of our breweries, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney promptly. You may have a very strong claim. 

What Should I Do After an Accident When the Other Driver is Drunk?

Another driver hits you. You pull your vehicle off the road if you are able to and get out to go speak to the other driver. The other driver nearly falls out of his vehicle, smelling as if he had fallen into a vat of beer and begins shouting obscenities at you as if this situation is your fault.  It becomes clear that a polite exchange of information is not going to happen. 

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