If you’ve had a take-away, you’ve bobbed into a fast foot outlet for a quick meal or you’ve eaten out at a restaurant and you’ve developed symptoms including vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea, you may have food poisoning. If you’ve become ill as a result of eating in a public place or you’ve fallen victim to slip, trip or fall hazards at a hotel or restaurant, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What causes food poisoning and what are the signs?
Food poisoning can be caused by contamination from many different viruses, bacteria and parasites and it is most commonly linked to poor hygiene standards in the kitchen, improper storage and preparation methods and failure to cook food right through. Examples of types of food-borne diseases include salmonella, E.coli and norovirus and the most common foods that are linked to food poisoning include raw meat, shellfish, cooked meat, raw eggs, cheese and pate.
The most common signs of food poisoning are nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, which may come on very quickly after you’ve eaten. Prolonged periods of vomiting and sickness often contribute to tiredness and dehydration, which can also give you headaches and muscle pain.
How is food poisoning diagnosed?
In cases of mild food poisoning, most people recover after a couple of days without any need for treatment. It is important to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest if you have been ill; taking oral rehydration salts can also be really beneficial.
If your symptoms are very severe or they last for a prolonged period of time, it is advisable to seek medical attention. When you see a doctor, they will ask you about your symptoms and about what and where you have eaten; they may also examine your abdomen and ask for a stool sample, which will be sent off for analysis.
If you have developed symptoms after eating out at a public eatery or ordering takeaway food, you should report the case to the nearest Environmental Health office.
Can I claim compensation for food poisoning?
If you’ve developed food poisoning from a public place, you’ve had a public place slip or trip or you’ve been injured after a fall and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to claim compensation. It’s important to see a doctor so that there are medical records to back up your claims and also to take down as much information about the incident as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable law firm, which has years of experience in handling public liability claims. The expert legal team will take care of your case and do everything it can to ensure that your personal injury claim is successful. Most clients do not end up going to court and lawyers operate a strict no win, no fee* system.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice