Are you aware of food hygiene ratings? You should always check the food hygiene restaurant of a takeaway, pub or restaurant before dining there, the Food Standards Agency advises. This is because if an establishment has poor food hygiene practices, you could be more likely to be struck down by food poisoning. E. coli bacteria can make you sick and in some cases the food poisoning they cause could even be fatal – although this is incredibly rare. Nevertheless if you have been struck down by food poisoning after enjoying a meal out, you could claim E. coli compensation, and Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience helping customers to claim compensation for food poisoning.
How can E.coli poisoning occur?
E.coli bacteria can be found in beef, unpasteurised milk and juice, soft cheese and raw fruit and vegetables, and poor food hygiene (such as lack of hand washing) could easily spread the bacteria from one area to another. Ensuring food such as minced beef is properly cooked and reaches the right temperature will kill off the bacteria. If you have eaten contaminated food, you may feel unwell for up to 10 days, although most people get better within 6 to 8 days. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea, abdominal pain and vomiting, and it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Dehydration could lead to serious symptoms and may require hospitalisation – children and the elderly or anyone who’s already ill are most at risk. It’s likely you’ll need at least a few days off work to get over the worst of the symptoms, and claiming E.coli compensation could help you to cover household bills and any medical expenses whilst you get better.
How is your settlement worked out?
Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers provide a 100% no win, no fee* service and will take into account the severity of your illness and its impact on your life, as well as any financial losses (such as loss of wages) into account when working out how much compensation you’re entitled to. You can get an idea of how much you could claim by taking the 30-second test on our website right now.
If you decide you’d like to make a claim for personal injury compensation or find out more about the claims process, call us on 0800 689 0500 – it’s unlikely you will have to go to court as we can process most claims (for food poisoning compensation or any other type of personal injury compensation) over the phone.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton