Food poisoning from meat is more common than you might think, and it affects around 5.5 million people in the UK every year. Food poisoning can occur if:
- Meat is not cooked properly
- Meat is not chilled or stored correctly
- Meat is cross-contaminated, for example if raw meat juice drips onto cooked meat
- Poor hygiene standards are in place
Campylobacter is the most common type of bacteria which causes food poisoning, and is usually found in raw poultry or chicken liver pate. Other food poisoning bacteria include salmonella, found in raw meat and poultry, listeria, found in pate or cooked, sliced meat and E.coli, usually found in undercooked beef, particularly meatballs, burgers and mince.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning from meat is something you should consider if you have been affected after eating out at a restaurant or pub – contact a personal injury lawyer today to explore your options.
Symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to develop and they usually include:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
Headaches and fever are also not uncommon. For children or the elderly and infirm, food poisoning symptoms can be more serious, and they should be closely monitored to ensure they don’t become dehydrated. Most people will recover from food poisoning within a few days, but if your symptoms persist, you should always see your GP. In severe cases, you may need to be admitted to hospital for treatment. For some people, the symptoms of food poisoning can persist on and off for months or even years.
How to claim compensation
If you’re considering claiming compensation for food poisoning from meat, pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline today. With over 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, we come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. It’s easy to find out right now whether you have a viable claim – just call our freephone helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice from a member of the team. We’re here to help and all our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront legal fees to worry about. Get in touch today – we’re open 24/7 – and see how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve for food poisoning.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown