As summer approaches, we are all more inclined to make the most of the outdoors and explore the Great British countryside. That being said, while slips, trips and falls due to uneven terrain are common outdoor accidents, other activities including picking and eating wild berries can cause serious food-related illness.
The dangers of eating wild berries
Of course, some wild berries are completely safe to eat, including blackberries and gooseberries, for example. Spending your mornings picking blackberries, to go home and bake a hearty fruit pie is one of the most satisfying English traditions.
If you do go out to pick wild berries, it is important to be aware of some of the wild berries that are not suitable for consumption. These include, but are not limited to:
- Black Bryony
- Butchers Broom
- Deadly Nightshade
- Holly berries
- Ivy berries
- Lily of the Valley
- Spindle berries
- Tutsan berries
- Woody Nightshade
- Yew berries
Generally speaking, these wild berries range from toxic to highly toxic and therefore can cause a range of symptoms from stomach upset to death. It is important to seek medical attention if you believe you have eaten poisonous wild berries.
Compensation for accidents outdoors
If you have experienced an accident outdoors, while on a day out or as part of a course, for example, and as such have suffered illness or injury through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
The accident in question must have occurred within the last three years, regardless of whether you ate wild berries or suffered a fall. You must also be able to provide evidence to suggest liability and have records of your medical ailment.
Accident Advice Helpline
With over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury recover the compensation they are entitled to, at Accident Advice Helpline, we are the experts in our field.
No matter the nature of your claim from slips and falls in public to work-related accidents and holiday illness, Accident Advice Helpline will determine both where liability lies and your eligibility to claim.
For more information on the claims process and a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. Alternatively, why not complete our quick and simple 30-second eligibility test online?
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice