Many of us enjoy a cocktail on a Friday night after a busy week at work, but is the exotic beverage you’re drinking safe and what can you do if you experience illness or injury after a trip to your favourite restaurant or bar? If you’ve had a slip, trip and fall or you’ve suffered illness after eating out, you could be entitled to compensation.
Avoiding public place accidents and illness: Are raw egg cocktails safe?
If you’re au fait with cocktail lists, you may have noticed that there are some rather bizarre ingredients, including raw egg. Eggs are one of those foods that cause warning bells to ring when you are cooking because raw eggs carry a risk of salmonella, so it is safe to drink a cocktail made with raw egg?
Experts believe that the risk of contracting salmonella in the UK is very low because almost all the eggs on sale are marked with the red lion, which means that they come from chickens which have been vaccinated against salmonella. However, with any product that contains raw egg, there is always a risk and you should take this into consideration when ordering; if it is clear on the menu that there is raw egg involved, it comes down to personal decision making. Cocktails that contain raw egg include a Pink Lady and a Pisco Sour.
Common causes of accidents in a public place
Restaurants and bars are often filled with customers having a great time, sharing good food and wine with friends and family members, but there is a risk of accidents. Hot food, spillages and crowds can all contribute to a high risk of incidents and the most common causes of accidents in restaurants include slips and trips on wet floors, burns and scolds caused by handling hot food and carrying heavily-laden trays and falls over obstacles between tables and in doorways.
Can I claim public liability compensation for a public place injury or illness?
If you’ve been injured in a public place or you’ve suffered illness as a result of dining or drinking in a public establishment, you may have a case for compensation. If you can prove that the incident was not your fault, for example you slipped on a wet floor as a result of a spillage at the bar, or you were sick after eating undercooked food, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim slip, trip and fall compensation or public liability compensation.