Every now and again somebody phones to ask us ‘Can I claim for food poisoning against a fast food chain?’. This is often, in fact, one of the simplest kinds of cases to win, provided that the poisoning incident occurred during the last three years and a doctor treated you for your symptoms. For one-to-one advice, you can call our team here at Accident Advice Helpline at any time. If you want to make a claim through us, we can provide a solicitor with experience in this area to give you the best possible chance of success.
No win no fee*
We know that a lot of people are put off seeking compensation because they don’t think they can afford a solicitor. All of our specialist solicitors work on a no win no fee* basis, so you don’t need to worry about the finance, giving you peace of mind when instigating a claim. There are laws in place to make sure that we can’t charge fees amounting to more than 25% of your compensation if we win.
Taking on a fast food chain
Many people worry that they have no chance of success when they claim for food poisoning against a fast food chain because big companies can hire powerful lawyers, but often cases like this are successfully won by the little man. What is more, fast food chains may also agree to settle out of court in order to avoid bad publicity. If you receive an offer of this sort, your solicitor can advise you on whether or not it’s a good deal, and can help you to negotiate.
Food poisoning cases
Around five million people a year develop food poisoning in the UK alone, so when it comes to compensation cases, the emphasis is on proving where the poisoning originated. For this reason it’s a good idea to alert an organisation like Accident Advice Helpline without contacting the restaurant directly, so that an inspection can be arranged without them being forewarned. If signs of poor hygiene are found, this will significantly strengthen your case. If the bacteria, virus or fungus that caused your illness is found, your claim will almost certainly be successful. When one person suffers from food poisoning due to fast food, others often do as well. If other people can be found who developed food poisoning at the same time as you, it could do a lot to strengthen your case.
If your case is successful, you could win a significant amount of money in damages. What you receive will be worked out according to the problems the poisoning has left you with. If you have been unlucky enough to suffer long-term damage to your health, you can expect to be awarded extra money to help you cope with any practical problems it has caused you. We will always work to get you the best possible settlement, so you can set your mind at ease.
Date Published: April 16, 2014
Author: David Brown