At Accident Advice Helpline we have seen our fair share of claims for compensation relating to food poisoning, with more victims of food poisoning becoming aware that this is not something they have to sit back and just accept and something they can claim against the restaurant or food establishment for. We are seeing a growing number of food poisoning cases against restaurants and fast food places, as well as for things like cinema food sickness. Although a cinema does not store or prepare nearly as much food as a restaurant, what they do serve is still able to give people food poisoning.
Food poisoning causes:
Food poisoning is caused by bacteria and viruses contaminating the food we eat, this harmful bacterium can be spread through surfaces and equipment if the food preparation staff are careless in following food health regulations. Food poisoning can be the result of a number of different things including surfaces and equipment not being cleaned properly, food not being stored at the correct temperature, cross-contamination or by the food being prepared by someone who has vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Anyone is at risk from food poisoning, with almost everyone getting it once in their life, however, pregnant women, children, the elderly and anyone with a lower immune system is at an increased risk of complications.
Food poisoning symptoms and treatment:
General symptoms include abdominal pain, sickness, diarrhoea, fever, weakness and headaches, none of these symptoms are particularly severe, though they are extremely uncomfortable. However, these symptoms can become life threatening, especially if you are:
- Unable to keep liquids down, thus increasing chance of dehydration
- Diarrhoea symptoms persist for more than three days
- You have a very high fever
- You urinate much less, or struggle to urinate
- You become very thirsty and your mouth becomes dry
- You become unable to speak or see
If any of the above applies then you should immediately see a doctor or go to the hospital, you may need to be hospitalised and given fluids.
Most food poisoning cases will disappear on their own within several days, though those hospitalised and suffering severe symptoms will usually be treated with intravenous (IV) fluids for rehydration and potentially antibiotics if the food poisoning is bacterial.
We encourage anyone who has suffered from food poisoning or cinema food sickness to call one of or experts now on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be eligible to claim. If you are interested in seeing how much you could possibly be awarded in compensation, we also have a free 30-second claim calculator available on our website.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen