Food poisoning is a serious matter and if you have been affected by it, you could be very ill for several days. For some people, food poisoning symptoms take months or even years to be resolved and medical treatment may be needed. Food poisoning is usually caused by:
- Improper storage or refrigeration of food
- Food not being cooked properly
- Cross-contamination between raw and cooked meat
- Food past its use-by date
- Poor hygiene practices, such as not washing your hands after using the toilet
If you have come down with symptoms of food poisoning, you’ll probably experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains and even fever. It’s important to rest and drink plenty of fluids, avoiding food for at least 24 hours to allow your symptoms the opportunity to subside. Children should be monitored carefully, as they are more at risk of dehydration than adults.
Whether you have been affected after eating food at a restaurant or pub, of after ordering food from a takeaway, you should contact the establishment in question to let them know. Food poisoning in Swindon has the potential to happen at any food business not following proper hygiene and safety procedures, and you may also wish to report this to the local council’s environmental health department.
Making a claim for food poisoning compensation
Provided it hasn’t been more than three years since your brush with food poisoning, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. It’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, to find out whether you have a viable claim. The good news is that most claims of this nature can be processed in full over the phone, so it’s unlikely you will need to attend court. When working out how much compensation you will receive, factors such as your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings from time off work and medical costs will be taken into account, so it’s a good idea to keep evidence relating to these things, such as receipts, prescriptions and pay slips.
Trust Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim
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