Heading to your local pub or a restaurant for some delicious grub is a great way to celebrate a promotion at work, or just to spend some quality time with your other half. But did you ever stop to think about how hygienic the conditions are at the establishment you’re dining at? We usually take food hygiene for granted; we order food and expect that it will be carefully prepared. The last thing you expect is to be struck down by cross-contamination food poisoning after a lovely meal out.
Cross-contamination food poisoning usually occurs when raw and cooked meat has come into contact with each other. For example, using the same chopping board or food preparation surface to prepare raw chicken breast and cooked steak is a prime example of how cross-contamination could occur. Campylobacter from chicken could cross-contaminate work surfaces and other areas in the kitchen if raw poultry is washed under the tap, with bacteria spreading up to 80cm. Or storing cooked and raw meat in the same container, or next to each other in the fridge, could lead to contamination and food poisoning.
There is some good news though, if you’ve been struck down by food poisoning, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Am I eligible to claim?
It depends on the circumstances of your food poisoning. If you have eaten out at a restaurant or pub, or ordered food from a takeaway and have contracted food poisoning, you could be eligible to make a claim. Your personal injury lawyer will need to prove that the establishment in question has been negligent – for example, perhaps they didn’t cook meat properly, or maybe food preparation surfaces are dirty. If this has happened to you, you might be able to claim compensation.
We’re here for you
Whatever the circumstances surrounding your food poisoning, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim. It’s free to call, or you could always head for our website and take the 30-second test, to find out how much you could claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers is here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and we won’t charge you a penny upfront, as we work on a 100% no win, no fee** basis. So what do you have to lose? Call us today to find out if you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen