Food poisoning can be an awful and unpleasant experience for anyone and can, unfortunately, occur at any time, anywhere. It is most commonly contracted from undercooked food, but an infection could be spread by preparing food in an unhygienic environment, using unclean utensils, storing food at the wrong temperature, re-heating food incorrectly or failing to wash fresh foods. These are failures in standard food hygiene procedures, which should be in place in any establishment serving food to members of the public. Symptoms of food poisoning usually include diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting and dehydration but most people recover after a few days of rest and fluids.
There are some rare cases which lead to hospitalisation but these are more severe forms of food poisoning and depend on the type of infection and the amount of the suspect food eaten. Even food served at a buffet at a workplace meeting must be regulated by the hospitality facility which has prepared the food. An outbreak of food poisoning caused by conference food or a buffet is usually easier to detect due to the people affected being in the same place, eating the same foods. If you have fallen ill from food poisoning at a conference or at a workplace event, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Food poisoning outbreaks and compensation
Many cases of food poisoning are easily treated at home but the illness could be more serious in someone who has an underlying illness. Should there be an outbreak of food poisoning and you suspect that you may have contracted it at a workplace conference, then you may be able to win some compensation. If you have suffered complications or you have an underlying illness which made the poisoning more severe, the sum you win could increase due to the extent of your pain and suffering.
Compensation for food poisoning at a conference
If you need no-obligation advice from an expert regarding your case, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline. As a law firm which specialises in personal injury and illness claims, we can give you tailored advice to help you decide whether to pursue your case. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to speak with one of our solicitors about your compensation claim for food poisoning due to negligence. If you are worried about your current financial situation, we offer a no win, no fee* policy which means that you don’t have to pay a fee upfront to gain representation.