Outbreaks of gastroenteritis are common in the UK and can lead to the development of symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting. Whilst usually not serious, it may be that you need to be hospitalised after contacting gastroenteritis, if you are severely dehydrated. The condition spreads quickly, and a lack of general hygiene could easily lead to an outbreak affecting hundreds of people. If you’ve been the victim of a gastroenteritis outbreak then Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation – we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service and we’ve been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, for our excellent customer service.
What causes gastroenteritis?
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines which is caused by a bacterial or viral infection. In the UK it’s commonly caused by food poisoning (usually salmonella or campylobacter) but norovirus can also lead to gastroenteritis. So you could be struck down after eating at a restaurant, pub or takeaway or even become ill in hospital – outbreaks of gastroenteritis often occur in care homes and schools too, and can spread quickly from one person to another.
To avoid the spread of gastroenteritis, hand washing is vitally important, and food establishments should be closed to prevent the spread of the condition. Whilst most people will feel better without GP treatment in just a few days, if you suffer from ongoing symptoms, you may need to see your GP so that a stool sample can be taken to check for the presence of specific bacteria or parasites so that treatment can be prescribed. Dehydration is also a risk so it is important to drink plenty of fluids whilst you are unwell.
Who’s to blame?
If you’ve suffered from gastroenteritis after eating at a pub, restaurant or takeaway, they could be held liable for your illness and made to pay you compensation. Or perhaps your child has suffered after an outbreak of gastroenteritis at their school. In cases like these, if the school did not take steps to prevent the spread of an outbreak or if poor food hygiene was the cause, they could be to blame for your child’s suffering. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out right now if you could make a claim for gastroenteritis compensation – our advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so you can call us 24/7 to find out more about making a personal injury claim.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton