Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, the effects of food poisoning, although extremely nasty, pass within a few days and leave no long-term effects. However there are a number of exceptions to this and it’s important to identify the potential long-term effects of food poisoning.
Are some people more at risk from food poisoning than others?
The simple answer is yes. The effects of food poisoning are amplified and exacerbated in toddlers and the elderly as well as those with lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney problems and pregnant women.
What are the potential long-term consequences?
Although extremely difficult to trace back to food poisoning, the long-term consequences of any infection include; reactive arthritis (joint pain and swelling related to infections elsewhere in the body) and urinary tract problems. One particularly nasty strain of E.Coli has been linked with diabetes and kidney failure. A Swedish survey published in Scientific American magazine in 2012 noted that there was a higher risk of aortic aneurysms, ulcerative colitis and reactive arthritis among those who had became ill as the result of a food-borne virus.
One report in Canada has published the shocking statistics that those who have suffered from a bout of food poisoning were more likely to develop high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack, stroke or kidney failure in the 8 years afterwards.
Although as of yet unproven, there has been research to indicate that Salmonella and Shigella may be linked to eye damage.
Suffering from food poisoning? Accident Advice Helpline is your friend
In our 14 years’ experience as a law firm dealing in all areas of personal injury compensation, we’ve handled many claims for food poisoning.
Tried a questionable piece of cuisine abroad on holiday that later left you violently ill? Accident Advice Helpline can even help you claim compensation for an accident that occurred abroad. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers waiting to take your call on 0800 689 0500. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no win no fee basis and you will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed.