The Food Standards Agency estimates that around 500,000 people in the UK are affected by food poisoning every year. Most cases are mild, but some can be much more severe. If you’ve fallen ill after eating at a restaurant or any other public place or you’ve been injured as a result of slips, trips or falls, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Food poisoning: The most common foodborne illnesses
Most people who develop food poisoning suffer unpleasant symptoms for a couple of days and make a full recovery, but in some cases, food poisoning can be severe and even potentially life-threatening. Restaurants and any other outlets which serve food are required by law to comply with health and safety regulations, which are designed to prevent illnesses caused by poorly prepared or undercooked meals or foods which have not been stored or refrigerated properly.
The most common types of foodborne illnesses include salmonella, which is most commonly spread through undercooked chicken, E-coli and norovirus. Symptoms of these illnesses usually include vomiting and nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pains and cramps, a high temperature and dehydration, which results from the body losing fluid through sickness and diarrhoea.
Public place accidents
If you are eating in a restaurant or bar, it’s not just the quality of the food that can catch you out; you should also be wary of slip, trip and fall hazards and surfaces, utensils and crockery, which could cause burns. It is the responsibility of the owner or duty manager to ensure that the relevant measures are in place to protect customers and if you fall in a public place or you become ill as a result of eating out, you may wish to think about claiming public liability compensation.
What are the advantages of claiming compensation?
Compensation is a financial payout, which is given to people who have suffered public place injuries or work-related illness through no fault of their own. Compensation is not just handed out and people who make successful claims have the relevant evidence to support their case. Compensation can help to cover the costs of lost earnings or reduced income as a result of taking time off work or losing your job and it can also be used for medical costs or adjustments to the home following a debilitating injury.
If you think you may have a case for personal injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about slip, trip and fall compensation, travel accident claims or work accident compensation today.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice