Every business which serves food to the public must follow the appropriate food hygiene rules and regulations set out for them. These are in place to guide food businesses on how to prepare, cook, store and serve their food in the safest way possible.
This means that they must keep a clean establishment and they must carry out risk assessments to determine where there may be a risk of food contamination, either by bacteria or by foreign objects.
Failing to identify areas of potential hazard can result in an outbreak of food poisoning or can potentially cause a member of the public to be injured if they find something in their food.
Even small businesses must adhere to these food hygiene laws and, if they do not, they could be subject to prosecution under inspection. They may also face a zero-rating by the inspectors which is likely to affect their business.
The laws are in place to protect the public from consuming unsafe food and drink, but they are also in place to guide business owners on how to make their establishment as safe and clean as possible.
If you have suffered food poisoning and there is evidence that your food came from an establishment found to be breaking food hygiene laws, you could be entitled to compensation for their failings.
Compensation for hygiene failings
If you have ordered food from a takeaway, restaurant or in a snack bar and you have fallen ill afterwards, you should report your illness to the relevant local authority. They will be able to carry out an inspection and determine how you may have fallen ill.
This is also proof that you were ill because of the business owner’s negligence. You are likely to be entitled to compensation where there is evidence that a food business was at fault and caused your illness due to hygiene or safety failings.
How to get help with your claim
The compensation claims process is much easier with the right help and support. If you are looking for some no-obligation advice on your case, you can get in touch with our team at Accident Advice Helpline.
We can help you collate any evidence that a food business caused your illness due to negligence and we can represent you throughout the process. Give our team of advisors a call free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your case or to arrange representation.