When the weekend comes, or when you’ve been busy at work and can’t face the thought of cooking yet another meal, a Chinese takeaway is the perfect treat. We all indulge in a takeaway now and again, but when ordering from your favourite restaurant, the last thing you expect is to be struck down by food poisoning after your meal.
Unfortunately, food poisoning has the potential to occur anywhere, at any time, and if your takeaway does not follow good hygiene practices, you could find yourself struck down with Chinese takeaway food poisoning.
Here are just a few of the main causes of food poisoning:
- Poor hygiene – for example lack of hand washing, dirty food preparation areas
- Pests such as rats and cockroaches
- Using food past its use-by date
- Failing to cook food properly
- Storing cooked and raw meat in the same containers, leading to contamination
- Not storing food properly, such as leaving poultry out of the fridge
If Chinese takeaway food poisoning has left you ill, you may want to consider making a claim for personal injury compensation.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
It’s fairly easy to tell if you have been affected by food poisoning, as you’ll usually start to feel pretty unwell within 48 hours of eating the food in question – in some cases it can take up to a week for symptoms to appear. Symptoms include:
- Diarrhoea and upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
Whilst most people’s symptoms resolve themselves within a few days, diarrhoea or vomiting which carries on for more than 48 hours is a good reason to visit your GP. Children and the elderly are particularly at risk of dehydration when struck down with food poisoning, so vulnerable people should be closely monitored.
Claiming compensation – what next?
After contacting the takeaway in question to let them know about your illness, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. It’s a good idea to call us as soon as possible, so we can get to work straight away on getting you the compensation you deserve.
We’ve helped hundreds of customers just like you claim the compensation they deserve for food poisoning, and we can help you too. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so you can call us with your questions day or night.
What’s more, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.
Date Published: January 20, 2015
Author: David Brown