Food Poisoning Workers Compensation
Find Out About Food Poisoning Workers Compensation
Every year, there are about 76 million incidences of food-related illnesses in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 300,000 people are hospitalized every year because of Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma and other food-related bacteria. The majority of food poisoning occurs from consuming red meat and poultry; dairy products and eggs also account for a high rate of food poisoning. The sources of food poisoning vary. You can get food poisoning from food you prepare at home, from food you eat at restaurants, and even from food that’s served at work.
Food poisoning can cause a number of mild to severe symptoms, ranging from diarrhea, vomiting and sweatiness to partial loss of speech or vision, muscle weakness and even paralysis. Severe symptoms require immediate medical attention and can be life threatening. Even the mildest cases of food poisoning may require some time off work.
While most people don’t think of calling an attorney for food poisoning, there is legal recourse if you get food poisoning at work. To determine whether you are eligible for food poisoning workers compensation, some of the following criteria will be considered:
- Was the food served by your employer considered a part of your wages?
- Did you get food poisoning from the employee only office cafeteria?
- Were you on an official break?
If you answer “yes” to any or all of these criteria, you could be eligible for food poisoning workers compensation. Payment for a workers’ comp injury could be a tremendous help in covering emergency room services and time off work, especially in severe cases of food poisoning. Keep in mind that food offered in a cafeteria open to the public may disqualify you from food poisoning workers compensation. The same could apply if you became ill from food purchased at an independent source and ate it on an unofficial break.