If you have been struck down by food poisoning in Peterborough after a meal out or a takeaway at home, you’ll know it’s no laughing matter. There are a number of factors which could cause food poisoning – here are a few:
- Insect infestation leading to contamination of food
- Food stored improperly or not refrigerated
- Food past its use-by date
- Poultry or meat that has not been cooked properly
- Cross-contamination of food e.g. raw and cooked meat in the same dish
- Lack of hygiene procedures, such as hand washing
Food poisoning could occur after dining at a restaurant or pub, or even after ordering a takeaway, and poor hygiene and dirty premises are usually to blame. It’s worth reporting your food poisoning to the environmental health department of your local council, who will usually investigate and ensure the premises is not committing food hygiene offences. You may also be able to claim personal injury compensation for your illness.
How to tell if you have food poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms usually present themselves within 48 hours but can take a few days to develop, so it’s important to look back at what you have eaten over the past few days before jumping to conclusions about what has made you sick. Symptoms usually include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, with headaches and fever also present in some cases. You’ll feel very unwell and it’s best to avoid eating, ensuring you drink plenty of fluid. Most people get better by themselves within 24-48 hours, but if you are still ill after a couple of days, it’s a good idea to see your GP.
What we can do for you
If you’ve been a victim of food poisoning that you believe was caused by unsanitary conditions at a restaurant, pub, takeaway or other food outlet, we can help. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim compensation since 2000. We also offer a 100% no win, no fee* service to all our customers, so there are no expensive upfront legal fees to worry about – our services are affordable to everyone. No matter how you have been affected by food poisoning, we can help. Find out right now if you have a viable claim by calling our freephone helpline – we’re here 24/7 and can offer you confidential, no-obligation advice, so get in touch today.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown