Were you or a loved one sickened by a food product? With the help of a Louisville, KY food recall lawyer, you may be able to receive compensation to pay for your medical and surgical bills and other costs associated with the sickness caused by the contaminated food.
Food Recall Resources
- The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) handles meat, poultry, and egg product recalls.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for issuing all non meat, poultry, and egg product recalls as well as recalls regarding animal feed.
- Find more information about food recalls and safety tips at the official websites the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Unfortunately, many victims of food poisoning or other food-borne illnesses don’t even realize that they’ve been adversely affected by the food they’ve eaten. It’s easy to chalk up an upset stomach to “stomach flu” of unknown origins. Even if an illness sends you to the hospital, your doctor may not be able to pinpoint what made you sick. The human body is very complex. And it’s hard – even for experienced doctors and forensic specialists – to determine cause and effect with respect to the origins of certain human illnesses.
All that being said, food poisoning victims have substantial legal rights and resources available to them. The sooner you take action to identify good help, the easier it will likely be to obtain a recovery. Below is a quick list of useful tips to help you preserve your rights:
- Collect and preserve evidence.
The more evidence you can collect, the better. In other words “over collect.” Take pictures of all food items that you think might have been responsible for your illness. Write down how you feel and how you felt after getting ill. Keep track of all medical records and conversations with doctors. If you are too ill to write these facts down, ask someone in your family (or a friend) to take notes for you.
- Avoid jumping to conclusions.
Kentucky personal injury cases are often far more complex than victims realize. You may suspect that a “past due” bag of lettuce gave you botulism; but the fundamental root problem might have been something else entirely – perhaps another medical condition that your doctor failed to diagnose. That’s why it’s so important keep an open mind and to record as much information as possible – so you and an attorney can sort through the information later in a more deliberative, objective fashion.
- Get help with your food recall case.
While the law does provide food poisoning victims with mechanisms to obtain compensation, if you make errors – or fail to take action – you may inadvertently and dramatically complicate your chances of getting the money and help you need.
To learn more about your legal rights, call Louisville product liability attorney Tad Thomas today at (502) 473-6540. Mr. Thomas is a Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the state of Kentucky, and he has litigated cases against big pharmaceutical, petroleum, and insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars worth of damages.