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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    Claiming compensation for an insect in your food

    Going out for a meal is supposed to be a treat, a chance to escape the stress and mess of cooking at home and the opportunity to enjoy excellent service and delicious food in relaxing surroundings. So what if you find an insect in your food? It might sound unlikely, but poor hygiene practices in restaurants could lead to infestations – wherever there is food and an unclean environment, there is the potential for mice, cockroaches and other insects to be present. So what should do you if you find a roach in your risotto or a fly in your farfalle?

    It’s best to speak discreetly to management if you find an insect in your food – whilst you might be tempted to shout about it, this is embarrassing for all concerned. By all means, if the management refuse to acknowledge your complaint, feel free to take things further. You may wish to report this to your local environmental health department, who will usually investigate. If they find evidence of an infestation or lack of cleanliness, they may issue an emergency prohibition notice which means the establishment will be forced to close until conditions improve.

    You may also wish to contact a personal injury lawyer, and if you’re considering claiming compensation for an insect in your food, it’s best to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible, to determine whether you’re eligible to make a claim.

    Claiming compensation for a bug in your grub

    Claiming compensation for an insect in your food should be a fairly straightforward procedure. Any establishment that serves food should be following strict hygiene procedures and if you have developed food poisoning as a result of their negligence, you could claim. Most claims are settled out of court, and the amount of compensation you’ll receive depends on your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings (due to time off work sick) and medical costs incurred. So it’s a good idea to keep receipts and records of any expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your illness.

    How we can help

    When making a claim for compensation, you need a lawyer you can trust, and not all personal injury lawyers are created equal. In fact, not many can offer a 100% no win, no fee* service and confidential, no-obligation advice. Accident Advice Helpline can, and with 14 years’ experience in the industry, you know you can trust us to handle your claim professionally and sensitively. We’re also backed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, who you may know from television. So no matter what type of insect you have found in your food, we’re here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.