There can surely be only one thing worse than food poisoning, and that’s family food poisoning. When everyone in the house is struck down by the condition at the same time, it can be problematic to say the least. Everyone is scrambling to get in the bathroom and there is no one to help the members of the family who are under the weather.
Family food poisoning can occasionally occur if the whole family has eaten the same takeaway from an outlet that is below the usual high standards expected of it. There are very few takeaways that fall below these standards in food safety, but occasionally it can happen.
The same applies to restaurants too if the service there is not in accordance with the service that should be provided. While cases like this are rare, negligence behind the scenes can end up leading to a serious case of food poisoning for several people from the same family.
How can a family cope with food poisoning?
Obviously the priority for every parent will be the health of their kids. However it is hard to imagine how difficult it might be to help your children when you have the symptoms of food poisoning as well. It is just a case of muddling through as best you can and perhaps changing your sleeping arrangements so everyone is close to the bathroom if they aren’t usually.
Accident Advice Helpline has some experience of this type of situation. We have represented families who have been laid low by food poisoning due to the negligence of a takeaway or restaurant owner.
Finding out who is to blame
While it is possible to get food poisoning from a dish you prepare yourself at home, you wouldn’t expect to get it by eating at a restaurant or through ordering a takeaway from your local outlet. It can happen though, as we have seen here, even though such incidents are rare.
However rare they may be, you will want to know if you could claim compensation if you happen to have been affected along with the remainder of your family.
By calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 you can use our free enquiry line to get through to an experienced member of staff.
You never know whether your situation might be more promising than you think, so make that call now.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen