With just a few days before Christmas, American families are actively booking rooms in hotels all across the world to get plenty of rest and fun, and to enter 2019 refreshed and full of energy.
But unfortunately, just one meal in a hotel can ruin your entire holiday and confine you to your bed on Christmas night. Yes, we are talking about food poisoning in hotels. We invited our personal injury attorney Cooper City from Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., to discuss whether or not you can recover damages after becoming seriously ill due to food poisoning in the hotel.
So can you make a personal injury claim for food poisoning in a hotel? That depends on the country where you are staying, that country’s product liability laws and jurisdiction, the reputation, and rating of the hotel, as well as the circumstances of your particular case.
Can you sue for hotel food poisoning outside of the U.S.?
More often than not, you have the right to recover damages for hotel food poisoning in most countries. “However,” our Cooper City personal injury attorney warns, “You will most likely require legal representation in order to establish that your food poisoning occurred due to the food is eaten in the hotel, not due to the food is eaten somewhere else.”
Typically, when a hotel guest suffers a gastrointestinal infection or other illness caused by food poisoning, it is not difficult to obtain proof of food poisoning, because a medical check-up is usually enough to determine your medical condition.
Obtaining proof of the fact that your food poisoning is directly related to the food consumed in the hotel, on the other hand, can be extremely difficult. More often than not, if you are not the only hotel guest who has suffered an injury and all the injured, including yourself, have eaten the same food within the same period of time, you will be able to seek compensation for hotel food poisoning through the hotel’s public liability insurance policy.
How to prove food poisoning in the hotel?
If you have a reason to believe that your food poisoning was caused by your consumption of a particular meal in the hotel, you will have to visit a doctor as soon as possible to confirm your illness or injury through proper medical diagnosis.
“Failure to obtain medical proof of your hotel food poisoning within a reasonable period of time after the first symptoms manifested themselves may bar you from bringing a personal injury claim against the hotel,” explains our experienced personal injury attorney in Cooper City.
Your doctor must determine the nature of your food poisoning, and, if possible, link it to the food consumed in the hotel. Your personal injury lawyer, meanwhile, will have to conduct a private investigation and inspection to determine whether or not other guests in that hotel suffered the same illness during your stay, and whether the hotel can be held responsible for your damages.
What to do if you suspect hotel food poisoning?
If you suspect hotel food poisoning, keep all the receipts, hotel bills, and credit card statements related to the meals consumed in the hotel. Also, making a complaint to the hotel about your illness or injury is super important to make the hotel aware of your food poisoning.
If you are staying in a hotel in Florida, California, or elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad during the holidays and have become a victim of hotel food poisoning, schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers from Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A. Yes, the fact that you have suffered a gastrointestinal infection or other illness may have already ruined your vacation, but do not let the hotel ruin your life by escaping liability for its negligence or recklessness.