What if I Got Food Poisoning And Didn't Go To The Hospital?
If you developed a case of food poisoning and didn't go to the hospital, you may still need to get medical treatment. You can go to an emergency room or urgent care center. They may refer you to specialists to get proper treatment and tests to find out what kind of food poisoning you have, and how to go about treating it.
It may be more challenging to prove that you had severe food poisoning symptoms that required treatment if you didn't go to the hospital. However, you can still prove that you required treatment at home or from other healthcare providers. The main issue from a legal standpoint is that to pursue a case, lawyers typically need a lab-confirmed positive test showing the specific germ that caused your illness.
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When Should I Go To The Hospital For Food Poisoning?
You should immediately seek food poisoning treatment in a hospital setting if you:
- Have a fever that’s higher than 100°
- Notice blood in your bowel movements
- You feel dehydrated (dry mouth and/or excessive thirst)
- Are experiencing frequent vomiting
- Have intense or extreme stomach pain
- Start vomiting blood
- Experience difficulties breathing
- Notice a rapid heart rate
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Can the Doctor Give You Anything to Treat Food Poisoning?
To treat food poisoning caused by bacteria or parasites, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or medications that kill parasites, in addition to rehydration solutions. In some cases, doctors may recommend probiotics, which can cleanse pathogens from the digestive tract and help restore the gut flora back to a healthy balance.
How Can Hospitals Detect Food Poisoning?
A medical history, physical exam, stool tests, and/or blood tests can help a physician officially diagnose a case of food poisoning. Your doctor may perform additional tests to check for complications or to rule out other potential causes of your condition.
What Can I Get Money For After I Got Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning cases are like many other personal injury claims. They may also be considered product liability cases, as the food is the product, and the restaurant, store, or other party is liable for its safety. If one of these entities is responsible for you getting food poisoning, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the following damages, even if you didn't go to the hospital:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
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The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced group of trial attorneys that focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in food poisoning cases. We are handling individual personal injury cases nationwide and currently offering a free consultation to potential clients in food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
If you or someone you know has experienced symptoms of food poisoning, please contact our lawyers immediately for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our experienced attorneys can help. Phone a lawyer toll-free at (866) 588-0600 or fill out the contact form below to get your free legal advice from a food safety attorney.