Part of the experience of travelling abroad is sampling new cultures and ways of life. A huge part of this consists of sampling foreign cuisine. However, some are dangerous foods and should not be eaten under certain circumstances and result in an accident on holiday. In recent years, sushi has experienced somewhat of a cultural boom both in the UK and those who travel abroad in order to sample authentic, Japanese sushi.
On the whole, sushi is relatively safe to eat. However there are some types of sushi that are served as a rare delicacy in certain cultures which can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal. One of these dishes is fugu.
Also known as puffer fish or blowfish, fugu can kill you within hours if not correctly prepared, by removing the liver and reproductive organs. Learning how to prepare fugu requires an apprenticeship which can take up to three years to complete. A poorly prepared fugu contains the poison tetrodotoxin, which paralyses the muscles and eventually causes asphyxiation. There is no known antidote but victims may have a chance of survival if they are assisted with respiration until the effects of the poison wear off. Fugu is served in many Japanese restaurants and can now even be purchased pre-prepared in a supermarket. However, if you are purchasing from a supermarket, it is essential to have the paperwork attesting to its safety.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning on holiday
Remember, if you’ve contracted food poisoning abroad within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. That’s right; Accident Advice Helpline can often help you make a claim for compensation even if your accident occurred outside the UK.
All of our claims are made on a 100% no win no fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate case that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to go through a court appearance when making a claim for compensation.
We aim to make the claim process as transparent and straightforward as possible. Contact one of our highly-trained, friendly and professional advisors today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice