Whether you like your mushrooms as part of a cooked breakfast or on a pizza at the weekends, most of us never stop to think about whether or not you can get food poisoning from mushrooms. You can actually get it from both mushrooms we commonly eat and wild mushrooms. Although mushrooms aren’t normally contaminated with harmful bacteria, they could become contaminated if they are grown in unsterilised soil.
If they’re then not cooked properly or eaten raw, you could become ill. Wild mushrooms could put you at risk of serious food poisoning too – mushrooms which grow on the ground, for example in a forest, are usually more poisonous than mushrooms which grow on trees.
Symptoms of food poisoning from mushrooms
The symptoms of food poisoning from mushrooms can take a couple of hours to show up or even longer. They include:
- Diarrhoea (which can sometimes be bloody)
- Stomach cramps
Highly poisonous mushrooms could cause complications such as kidney or liver failure, seizures and even death. If you suspect somebody has eaten poisonous mushrooms you should seek immediate medical attention at your nearest hospital. If they haven’t already vomited, they’ll often be given activated charcoal to induce vomiting and then monitored for the next day or so to ensure they are recovering.
Even if you suspect food poisoning from mushrooms from a supermarket or in a dish eaten at a restaurant, you may need to seek medical attention if the usual food poisoning symptoms don’t subside within 48 to 72 hours.
Compensation for mushroom food poisoning
If somebody else is to blame for your food poisoning, for example if you ate mushrooms at a restaurant and then became ill, or if your child ate wild mushrooms whilst on an organised trip with their school, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years. The best thing to do is to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a claim, and you can call our freephone helpline at any time. It’s free to call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles) and we’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable claim.
You shouldn’t have to suffer in silence if somebody else’s negligence has caused your food poisoning, and we’re here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us, no matter what your circumstances.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton