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    How does the law deal with food poisoning?


    Food poisoning is an umbrella term used to describe conditions which arise as the result of having consumed food that has been infected with one of many types of bacteria. In most cases, food poisoning is not serious and will clear up by itself, however it can be an extremely debilitating illness to children, the elderly and those with a weak immune system.

    What are the symptoms?

    The symptoms of food poisoning can appear in as little as one hour after consuming affected produce, but may appear as late as 3 days afterwards. The symptoms can include:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle cramps
    • Drowsiness
    • Fever
    • Shivering

    The law and food poisoning

    Restaurants and grocers are legally bound to reasonably ensure that any produce sold is free from the bacteria which cause food poisoning, such as E.coli and salmonella. If you contract an illness as the result of consuming food at a restaurant or food which has been prepared at a deli counter, then there are sufficient grounds to make a claim on the basis of negligence.

    What to do if you contract food poisoning

    If you become ill after consuming food from a restaurant, then you should visit your GP. A blood test will confirm if you have contracted food poisoning and this may strengthen a case for pursuing a claim for compensation.

    As stated, the symptoms will usually clear up by themselves but it’s important to aid your recovery by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water (as diarrhoea and vomiting can lead to dehydration.)

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    Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?

    Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s leading law firms with over 10 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including food poisoning claims. If you’ve contracted food poisoning and someone else was to blame, freephone 0800 689 0500 and speak with one of our highly-trained, professional advisors. You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone. Alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second-test. Please understand that any amounts quoted are intended as guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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