Christmas is the time for excess, and many of us overindulge at this time of year, leading to an increase in cases of food poisoning. The most common type of food poisoning is bacterial food poisoning, which occurs when food has been cooked, prepared or stored incorrectly. Common types of bacterial food poisoning include E-coli, Botulism, Campylobacter and Salmonella.
Contracting food poisoning
Salmonella is one of the most commonly reported types of food poisoning, and is found in meat, eggs and products made with egg as well as seafood and fish. It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly after preparing these foods, and make sure they are thoroughly cooked to kill the bacteria. Salmonella can be very hard to get rid of and can often lie dormant in the body for years, recurring when you feel run down. Symptoms can range from stomach pain, nausea and vomiting and diarrhoea to fever and dehydration, and in serious cases could even cause death. Sometimes it’s a case of riding out the symptoms, but if you don’t feel better within a day or two you may need medical treatment.
Food poisoning at Christmas
Because we tend to eat out more at Christmas, and also because most of us have a traditional turkey on Christmas Day, food poisoning incidences are higher around this time of year. Christmas parties and meals out could lead to food poisoning from poorly stored or cooked food, or unhygienic conditions in restaurant kitchens. You could be poisoned by turkey which has been defrosted and refrozen at your local supermarket. It’s important to keep evidence such as receipts from the café, restaurant or supermarket in question, and if you’ve been poisoned whilst eating at home, keep packaging and samples of the food if possible. Report the restaurant or café to your Environmental Health department and remember to keep receipts for personal expenses such as travel to medical appointments or the cost of any treatment or prescription medication.
Claiming for compensation
Whilst you can take steps to protect yourself from food poisoning at home, such as ensuring your turkey is thoroughly defrosted and cooked through, if you’re eating out, you’re usually putting your trust in the restaurant. If you suffer food poisoning as a result, you could claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on our freephone advice line and take advantage of our 100% ‘no win, no fee’* service. We’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, and most claims can be processed over the phone, so there’s usually no need to attend court. Call us today and see how we can help you on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.