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    Claiming compensation for an insect in your food


    Going out for a meal or ordering a takeaway should be a treat, and the last thing anybody expects is to find something nasty in their food. Finding an insect in your food can be a horrible experience that’s enough to put you off your meal – it could even make you ill. The good news is that you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation for an insect in your food, provided it has been three years or less since it happened. Accident Advice Helpline could help you with your claim, and we don’t charge any upfront fees for our services as our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. We make the whole process of claiming compensation for an insect in your food as stress-free as possible.

    Who’s responsible for the insect in your food?

    Poor food hygiene in a restaurant, café, pub or takeaway could lead to an infestation of mice, cockroaches or other insects. This generally means that the environment is unclean, putting you at risk of food poisoning. If you do find a cockroach in your curry or a fly in your fish pie, consider speaking to the management of the establishment discreetly to see if they will take your concern seriously. They may offer you a refund for your meal or compensation if you have become ill after dining. If they refuse to acknowledge your complaint, then you could report them to your local council’s environmental health department.

    They will normally investigate, and if they find conditions to be unsatisfactory, they have the power to issue an emergency prohibition notice. This effectively means that the establishment must close until things improve. If you’re at all concerned about food hygiene, it is a good idea to check out the food hygiene ratings of anywhere you are planning on eating by going online. You can do this on the Food Standards Agency website.

    What are the dangers of finding a bug in your grub?

    Finding an insect in your food is more than just disgusting though, it could put your health at risk. If the place you are eating has unhygienic conditions in its kitchen, you could suffer food poisoning. All establishments serving food have a responsibility to ensure that strict food hygiene procedures are in place, and if you are struck down by food poisoning then you could make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline. Food poisoning symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps, and although most people feel better within a few days, children, the elderly or anybody who is already unwell could be seriously ill and require treatment in hospital.

    In some cases, food poisoning symptoms can persist for months or even years, requiring you to make changes to your diet and/or lifestyle and impacting the rest of your life. You may even find you are unable to eat certain foods any more, which can seriously affect your quality of life. Making a claim for compensation for an insect in your food could mean you are compensated not only for your injuries but also for any financial losses you’ve suffered afterwards.

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    What about if you find a bug in supermarket food?

    If you find a bug or another foreign object in food you’ve purchased from the supermarket then you could still make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you haven’t already opened the packaging then hold onto it and don’t open it – likewise don’t take it back to the shop as this is your evidence if you decide to claim compensation for an insect in your food. Take some photographs, get in touch with the shop to complain and then contact your local environmental health department.

    There have been cases where people have found all manner of foreign bodies in their food – like the man who found a mouse in his loaf of bread – but you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim if you have become ill after eating contaminated food and you required medical attention for your illness. There was even a case in the news where a woman found an insect larva floating in a tin of tomatoes, so it’s not just fresh food that can be affected.

    How do insects get into your food?

    Insects in food could be the result of a pest infestation in a kitchen, food left near open windows or outside or even unhygienic conditions in a food processing factory, in the case of pre-packaged or tinned foods. Any establishment handling and serving food must meet food hygiene standards and regular inspections take place to award food hygiene ratings. So if you suffer from food poisoning or become ill after finding an insect or foreign body in your food, it makes sense to report it, as you could prevent others from becoming ill too.

    How to claim compensation for an insect in your food

    If you decide you want to take action and claim compensation for an insect in your food, then you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer. Every year, thousands of people find an insect in their food – and we’re not talking about the types of insects you can eat. At the end of the day, you expect the place where you are eating or purchasing food from to have good food hygiene practices in place, and if they are in breach of these regulations then you could make a claim for compensation. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so the best thing to do is to seek advice from Accident Advice Helpline after the incident.

    You can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and we will tell you whether or not you have a viable claim. Our lawyers provide a 100% no-win, no-fee service and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim when you get in touch with us. You could even take the 30-second test on our website right now for an idea of how much compensation for an insect in your food you may be entitled to, if your claim is successful.

    Date Published: October 30, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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