Ordering takeaway is a treat that many people enjoy at the weekend or on days when they simply don’t have the time (or the energy) to cook. Yet how many of us actually stop to think about the hygiene standards of the takeaway which prepares our food? All establishments serving food have a food hygiene rating, and it’s a good idea to check this out before ordering a takeaway, if it is somewhere you have not ordered from before.
Of course, the last thing you expect when ordering Chinese, Indian or pizza is to come down with food poisoning, but it could happen to you! Food poisoning is more common than you might think in the UK, with 500,000 cases occurring every year. If you have been unlucky enough to become ill, you may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, headache and fever. Whilst most people feel better within a few days, symptoms can persist for weeks (or even months in rare cases), with elderly people and children particularly at risk of dehydration. If diarrhoea or vomiting persists for more than 48 hours, you should seek medical advice, as you may need treatment to recover.
Who is responsible for your food poisoning?
There are a variety of things which could lead to food poisoning – here are a few examples:
- Failing to store food properly – e.g. meat left out of the fridge for too long;
- Using food past its use-by date;
- Storing cooked and raw meat in the same container or area, leading to contamination;
- Not cooking food properly, particularly chicken, which could cause campylobacter poisoning;
- Poor hygiene procedures such as forgetting to wash your hands after using the toilet;
- Unhygienic conditions or infestation by rats, mice or insects.
If you have been affected, you may be considering claiming compensation for food poisoning from a dirty takeaway. It’s important to contact the establishment in question, to let them know, and you may also wish to report this to the environmental health department at your local council. Then contact a personal injury lawyer, to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim
Let us help you claim what you deserve
For those considering claiming compensation for food poisoning from a dirty takeaway, Accident Advice Helpline can help. We’ve been in the personal injury industry since 2000 and have helped hundreds of customers get the compensation they deserve for food poisoning. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and all our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis, so you don’t have to worry about how you will afford expensive, upfront fees. Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about how we can help you.
Date Published: November 17, 2014
Author: David Brown