Dining out at a restaurant usually means there’s something to celebrate, whether you’re enjoying a meal with family, friends or even work colleagues. But if you have eaten chicken that is infected with campylobacter, you may not find yourself celebrating for very long! Campylobacter is a bacteria usually found in poultry – in fact it is the bacteria responsible for the majority of food poisoning cases in the UK, over 280,000 cases a year.
Campylobacter can be found on the skin or in the cavities of chicken, and poultry processors should take steps to ensure their chicken is campylobacter free. The restaurant’s suppliers have a responsibility to the public to ensure that their chicken is not infected with campylobacter bacteria, as this could cause food poisoning. Those most at risk of infection are children under 5, adults over 60 and anyone working in the meat industry.
If you have been struck down by food poisoning, you may wish to consider claiming compensation for chicken campylobacter. There’s a three year time limit in place when it comes to making a claim, so make sure you get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your illness.
Campylobacter poisoning – what are the symptoms?
Symptoms usually take between 2 and 5 days to present themselves, but in some cases it may be as long as 10 days before you start to feel ill. Campylobacter poisoning symptoms usually include:
- Diarrhoea, which may be bloody
- Stomach cramps
Most people (9 in 10 cases) feel better by themselves within a week, but if symptoms persist or you are suffering from dehydration, you may need to seek medical help. In some rare cases, symptoms of food poisoning can linger for months or even years, and treatment may be needed.
Accident Advice Helpline on your side
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that suffering from food poisoning is the last thing you expect when you enjoy a meal out, and we’re on your side. We’ve helped hundreds of customers claim the compensation they deserve for food poisoning, so if you’re claiming compensation for chicken campylobacter, then call us today. Our professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and if you decide to proceed with a claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, giving you one less thing to worry about. Call our 24/7 freephone helpline today, to see how we can help you.
Date Published: November 16, 2014
Author: David Brown