If you’re heading out for a meal, the last thing you want is to end up with an upset stomach. Many people enjoy some forms of raw seafood, but there’s always a risk of food poisoning.
If you’ve suffered food poisoning after eating out, or you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a restaurant, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Is it safe to eat raw seafood?
You see people eating raw seafood all the time, but is it safe and what do you need to think about before ordering seafood on the menu?
For food like sushi, there are intricate processes which take place before food is packaged and sold to make sure that it is safe for human consumption. Always buy sushi from reputable eateries and specialist restaurants; avoid buying raw seafood products from street sellers.
If you are preparing raw seafood at home, take care to follow food hygiene guidelines; if you have any doubts or reservations at all, don’t risk it.
When you eat raw seafood, there is a risk of infections caused by parasites; try to ensure that anything you prepare at home has already been frozen, as freezing helps to kill harmful parasites.
If you are pregnant, you have low immunity, or you have allergies to seafood, you should avoid ordering raw seafood at all costs.
Can I claim compensation for food poisoning?
If you’ve developed food poisoning after eating out or buying ready-made meals from a supermarket or café, you may be able to claim compensation, provided that you can prove that the retailer, manager or manufacturer was negligent, and this resulted in your illness.
If you’ve had an accident in a public place, or you’ve suffered an illness after eating in a
public place, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim public liability compensation. All UK restaurants should have liability insurance to cover compensation claims.
If you think you may have a case for personal injury compensation and you would like to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim, call Accident Advice Helpline or visit our website and take a 30-second eligibility test.
Collect the relevant information and evidence together, such as statements from other diners, and medical reports. Our lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice