Finding a foreign object in your food is not only unappealing, but it can also cause serious physical and psychological harm. This incident can lead to a complex personal injury claim that may involve long-lasting medical care and other expenses. The good news is that if you have been hurt by a foreign object in your food, you may be entitled to compensation. Here is what you should know about personal injury claims in the food products liability area:
What Is a Foreign Object in Your Food?
Any object or substance that does not belong in your food can be considered a foreign object. For example, a piece of metal, glass, wood, or plastic. Other common examples that may cause injury or harm are insects, bandages, dirt or rocks, and feces (e.g. rat droppings).
What Do You Do After Finding A Foreign Object In Your Meal?
If you find a foreign object in your meal at a restaurant, notify the wait staff and speak to the manager right away. If you find the foreign object in food you purchased from a store, contact the store and the manufacturer. Do whatever you can to preserve evidence. Keep the foreign object itself if you can, along with your receipt, and take photos of the object, the food, and any visible damage it caused such as cuts in your mouth or broken teeth. Seek medical attention or dental care right away for any injuries and contact a personal injury lawyer if you would like advice on how to proceed.
Can You Start A Lawsuit After Finding A Foreign Object In Your Food?
If you suffered a personal injury after finding a foreign object in your food, you can start a lawsuit to recover compensation. A foreign object found in food can cause the following injuries and damage:
- Cuts or other injuries to your mouth, tongue, and throat
- Chipped or broken teeth, dentures, or dental work
- Damage to your digestive system (g., stomach, internal organs) or digestive illness such as E-coli.
- Injury to your jaw (also known as a temporomandibular joint or “TMJ” injury).
- Allergic reaction to substances that should not have been in the food.
You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, income you lost or will lose in the future due to the injury, out-of-pocket expenses incurred for medical and dental treatments, and amounts to cover future medical or dental care.
Who Will Be Held Liable for a Foreign Object in Your Food?
The question of who is at fault depends on how your injuries occurred. The source of the food and the foreign object are key factors. It is common for a restaurant owner, chef/wait staff, seller, or manufacturer of the food to be held liable in a lawsuit for injuries caused by a foreign object in food.
After notifying the restaurant, store, or manufacturer that prepared, produced, or sold the food; preserving evidence; and seeking medical attention, your next step should be to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for legal advice. Our team of personal injury lawyers is here to help and our firm offers a free, initial consultation to discuss your rights and options for obtaining compensation. Call us today at 604-243-5825 or fill out our online form to request your free legal consultation.
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