Food poisoning affects an estimated 500,000 people a year in the UK, with a reported average of around 500 food poisoning deaths. Whilst you’re statistically unlikely to die from food poisoning, it can happen, and practising good food hygiene can go a long way to ensuring you stay safe.
Whilst you have no control over food hygiene when dining out, at home ensuring you keep cooked and raw meat and fish separate, washing your hands before preparing food and not using food past its use-by date can help prevent food poisoning. It’s also a good idea to wash pre-packed bags of salad or leafy vegetables, as there have been cases of E.coli outbreaks from contaminated salads in recent years.
How common are food poisoning deaths?
Thankfully, food poisoning deaths are uncommon, but that doesn’t meant they don’t happen. The elderly, those who are already ill (with weakened immune systems) and young children are most at risk of complications from food poisoning, as it’s easy for them to become dehydrated. If this happens, immediate hospitalisation and treatment may be needed, in some case with antibiotics. If symptoms persist then there is the risk of death. If someone you love has died as a result of food poisoning, Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a personal injury claim on their behalf.
Whether you ate out at a bar or restaurant or were poisoned by contaminated food from a supermarket or shop, we can help you. This is a difficult time for your family, which is why our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about affording legal fees.
Claiming compensation – what next?
There’s a three-year time limit in place to make any kind of personal injury claim, so whilst contacting us may be the last thing you feel like doing, we recommend picking up the phone and calling Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. When you call you’ll get confidential advice and there is no pressure to proceed with a claim. Our freephone number is 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles) and we’ll be able to let you know whether you have a viable claim.
To find out how much compensation you could be entitled to, you can take the 30-second test on our website today. Our team of expert advisors has over 15 years’ experience, so you know you can trust us to get you the compensation you deserve after the death of a loved one.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton