In 1999, I bought a 3-pack sandwich from an Albertsons Food Store in Ft. Collins, CO. I ate two of the sandwiches, and within a few hours was violently ill. I wound up going to the emergency room the next morning suffering from the effects of food poisoning.
In all my dealings with Albertsons' home office, they acted like they were sincerely concerned and sorry for my situation. However, when it came time to pay the medical bills, they stiffed me. Fortunately, I am a law student, so I researched the law, filed in small claims court, and got a judgement for all my medical bills and related expenses for going to court.
If Albertsons (or any food store) sells you a product, and you get sick from it, they are automatically liable IF YOU CAN SHOW that there is no other reasonable explanation except food poisoning. Laws vary from state-to-state, but in most cases, once you meet this standard, the burden usually shifts to the grocery store to prove their product wasn't tainted.
So, if something you eat makes you sick enough to go to the hospital, you need to insist on a lab test for food poisoning. Preferably, you should also test the product you ate (if any is left over). Without a lab test, no grocery store will take responsibility, and they will force you to go to court to get your money. Keep in mind, if the test is negative, it doesn't prove it wasn't food poisioning. These tests are often inconclusive.
NO MATTER HOW NICE OR SINCERE A GROCERY STORE SOUNDS, DON'T BE FOOLED. THEY WANT YOU TO FAIL TO ACT SO YOU WON'T HAVE A CASE TO COMPELL THEM TO PAY YOUR BILLS. I GOT LUCKY, AND I HAD THE EDUCATION TO REPRESENT MYSELF IN COURT AND WIN.
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