Foreign Objects in FoodFinding a foreign object in your food can be incredibly traumatizing. A foreign object can be anything that a consumer should not reasonably expect to be found during consumption. This can be things like, rocks, glass, nails, rat feces, and other harmful objects that may wind up in your food. An ingredient that was not listed on the food and the consumer did not expect to can be considered a foreign object as well. However, some courts have rejected cases wherein the plaintiff was suing for objects that can reasonably be found in food, like fish bones in the soup, or cherry pits in cherries. Restaurants are expected to follow all state, county, and municipal health regulations. When restaurants violate said regulations, like having foreign objects in their food, authorities can fine the restaurant or shut them down temporarily or permanently. Restaurants that serve the public are expected to do everything they can to make sure their customers do not get injured while dining at their restaurant. Some common injuries from consuming a foreign object in your food include:
- Cuts in the mouth and throat
- Damaged teeth
- Illness due to ingestion
- Adverse allergic reaction to ingredients not supposed to be in the food
- Lacerations by sharp objects found in the food that was not expected earlier.
You & Your CaseTypically when clients come into our law firm asking for the value of their case, we suspect that they already have an attorney that they are not presently satisfied with. Regardless of this, we treat these clients like any other and are more than willing to satisfy any of the legal needs they may have. Some of the common questions these clients ask are:
- “How much is a foreign object in food lawsuit worth?”
- “How much is a foreign object in food case worth?”
- “What is the value of my case if I found something in my food?”
- Past & Future Medical Expenses: These are the costs that a victim must endure for the hospitalization of the initial injury and any further treatment needed in the future because of this injury. These expenses often make up a significant portion of a settlement value.
- Loss of Income: These compensatory damages meant to reimburse the victim for any wages lost from the injuries. This amount can be determined through a thorough examination of the victim’s salary history and often includes sick and vacation time.
- Loss of Potential Income: Sometimes injuries can be so severe that the victim may lose the ability to perform at the same level they had before their injuries. To determine this amount, a complicated formula is used that involves the examination of the victim’s projected earnings and the impact that the damages may have had on the victim’s ability to find and perform future work.
- Pain and suffering: This damage is compensated to a victim based on the pain and suffering they endured from their injuries. This amount is often calculated by the use of a pain multiplier that has the victim identify their level of pain on a scale of one to ten.
- Emotional Distress: This form of compensation is offered to victims that have experienced any emotional trauma suffered due to the injuries. The compensable amount of emotional distress often varies from state to state.
- Loss of Consortium: Loss of consortium is often added to the value of your case when the injuries are so severe that the victim’s loved ones are deprived of a normal loving relationship and companionship