A Sunday carvery (or one on any day of the week) is a great treat, whether you’re eating out with friends or family – and it’s a British tradition. But when you’re sitting down to roast meat, potatoes, vegetables and gravy, do you stop to think about whether what you’re consuming is safe to eat? No, you just enjoy your food – it’s only afterwards that you might realise you’ve been struck down by food poisoning.
Carvery restaurants often serve vegetables and sides on a buffet basis, which could mean that there is more of an opportunity for harmful bacteria to grow that could lead to food poisoning. It’s not all bad news though; you could make a claim for carvery food poisoning compensation if you’ve been affected. You could find out right now how much compensation you could be entitled to claim by taking the 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
What causes food poisoning?
Food poisoning is genuinely caused by poor food hygiene – but what exactly does that mean?
- Lack of hand washing amongst kitchen staff
- Dirty food preparation or serving areas
- Pest or rodent infestation
- Food being left out, uncovered or in hot temperatures
- Meat not being cooked properly
- Raw meat contaminating cooked meat and other items of food
- Using food that’s past its use-by date
You could be struck down by salmonella or E.coli food poisoning after dining at a carvery restaurant, and the symptoms of food poisoning are unpleasant to say the least. Most people start to feel unwell within 24-48 hours of consuming contaminated food, but it could take up to a week for symptoms to appear. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and even fever can last for several days – if you don’t feel better after 48 hours, you might need medical attention. The elderly and children are at serious risk of dehydration from food poisoning and often need to be hospitalised until they are on the road to recovery.
Get the compensation you deserve
Why should a negligent restaurant be allowed to get away with poor food hygiene? Claiming carvery food poisoning compensation isn’t a complicated thing to do – just give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and you could find out if you’re eligible to make a claim. Most claims can be handled in full over the phone, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to go to court.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton