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    Claiming compensation for wedding food sickness

    Weddings are a time of celebration, a time to get together with friends and family members, many of whom you have not seen for a long time. Everybody gathers to celebrate love and enjoy a meal and dancing at the reception, and the last thing on anyone’s mind is being struck down by wedding food sickness. But food poisoning has the opportunity to strike anywhere food is prepared, and if you have hired a catering firm for your wedding, you may be at risk of wedding food sickness – although most firms have strict hygiene practices in place to prevent this from happening.

    Food poisoning can occur in the following ways:

    • Poor hygiene practices such as lack of hand washing after using the toilet
    • Contaminated food, for example raw meat kept in the same place as cooked meat
    • Food not being stored or refrigerated correctly
    • Food used past its use-by date
    • Food not cooked properly, usually meat

    If you have been struck down by food poisoning after eating at a wedding, chances are that others will also have been affected too. It’s important to contact the catering company or hotel in question, to find out if they are aware of the problem, and you may also wish to report this to the environmental health department of the local council, who may investigate.

    Symptoms of food poisoning

    Food poisoning symptoms can take anywhere from 24 hours to a week or more to present themselves, and it can sometimes be hard to determine what has caused your food poisoning, although usually most people start to feel unwell within 24-48 hours. Here are some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning:

    • Temperature/fever
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Stomach cramps
    • Diarrhoea
    • Headache

    Symptoms usually resolve after 24 to 48 hours, when you should start to feel better and it is important to stay hydrated. You may also consider claiming compensation for wedding food sickness.

    How to make a claim

    If you’re thinking about claiming compensation for wedding food sickness, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We can offer confidential, no-obligation advice and will be able to tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers have 14 years’ experience helping customers claim compensation for food poisoning, so we’ll do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve. It’s free to call our 24/7 helpline, so why not pick up the phone and get in touch today?

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    Date Published: November 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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