Whenever you decide to eat out or grab a takeaway, you don’t even think of the chances of visiting a venue that is way below the standards required in the area of food safety. You automatically assume the venue will be safe, clean and free from the potential for any disregard of food safety to occur.
Some people know only too well that there are rare occasions when some companies may fall down on the standards expected of them. When this happens there is a heightened chance that negligence could be proven to have occurred, which in turn could point out cases of food poisoning.
How likely is it you would get food poisoning from a food outlet?
It is actually incredibly rare for someone to suffer food poisoning from going to a restaurant or takeaway of any kind. However it can have the potential to happen and when it does you may suffer unpleasant symptoms associated with bacteria such as E.coli or salmonella. You cannot always tell which bacterium has caused your illness, but you may have a good idea that a takeaway or restaurant was the source of your illness.
If this is the case it is worth contacting local food standards officers so they can investigate. It may be that several other people also fell ill around the same time. This may help trace the illness back to a particular location. If that takeaway, restaurant or café is proven to have a disregard of food safety there is a chance compensation might be due to those who suffered.
How long might you have food poisoning for?
Most cases will naturally be resolved within a few short days. However, that time period can be very difficult to go through. You won’t be able to work during that time and there is a chance prolonged symptoms could be suffered in some cases as well. Even when the worst of the condition is over, it may take several days or longer to feel like your normal self again. As such it can be a debilitating experience.
It is good to know you can discover whether a no win, no fee* claim is possible though. With a quick and free call to 0800 689 0500, one of the team at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to consider the facts of your case. Find out whether your food poisoning warrants compensation now.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen