If rumours or just general concern have placed doubt into your mind whether it is safe to eat at a local restaurant, it is advisable to first of all check out the establishment’s reputation among friends, relatives and/or other acquaintances. Should the result of such enquiries be inconclusive, it is also possible to check out the results of routine restaurant inspections conducted by the local health department’s environmental health practitioners. These results can be found by contacting the relevant department directly, or on the website of the local health department.
Infected with food poisoning bacteria
Restaurants, cafes and other food outlets are required by law to maintain high levels of hygiene within their kitchens and storage facilities. Failure to comply with these regulations may lead to contamination/cross contamination of food with an army of harmful bacteria and subsequently lead to food poisoning outbreaks. Patrons infected by contaminated food may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
Health and safety regulations also compel these establishments to prevent slip injuries, injuries by tripping or falling and potential work-related accidents on their premises by taking appropriate measures to identify and deal with potential hazards and maintain all equipment in good, safe working order.
Failure to minimise the risk of injuries by slipping, falling or tripping; infection by contaminated fare, work accidents, and so on could leave restaurants and similar establishments liable to pay public liability compensation to customers or employees injured as a result. If you contracted food poisoning or suffered an injury by tripping, slipping or falling at a local restaurant, you may qualify for a compensation claim.
Claiming for compensation
You are eligible to claim if your personal injury was sustained within no more than three years prior to initiating the claim and was the result of another person/organisation’s negligence or inappropriate actions. Claims can be started by calling the 24/7 advice line of Accident Advice Helpline. Informal and obligation-free, calls are strictly confidential and will serve to determine both claim eligibility and the likelihood of a claim being successful.
What happens next
Following the initial informal consultation, claimants are offered the services of specialist compensation lawyers employed by Accident Advice Helpline. Operating under conditional (no win no fee**) agreements, these lawyers are backed by years of experience in securing accidental injury compensation for the public.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice