Any venue that prepares and serves food to the public, from hot dog stands to Chinese takeaways, has to meet certain standards for food hygiene and health and safety. These standards are enforced by your local council’s environmental health department and they should be your first port of call if you suspect an establishment of food hygiene breaches. Food hygiene standards are there to protect the public from food poisoning and other illnesses. Here are a few examples of things that constitute food hygiene breaches:
- Dirty kitchen including food preparation areas, pots and utensils
- Poor or no pest control leading to infestation
- Using out of date food
- Storing raw and cooked meat together, causing contamination
- Failing to cook meat properly
- Failure to store food (especially poultry) at the correct temperature
- Poor hand washing routine
Any of the above could lead to food poisoning and serious illness, which in some cases could even be life-threatening. If you have been affected and believe that the restaurant, pub or takeaway you ate at is responsible, claiming compensation for food hygiene breaches is an option that may be open to you.
Are you off work ill?
Whilst food poisoning symptoms generally resolves themselves in a few days, you may need to take time off work to recover from your illness. This means loss of earnings, and if you’re seriously ill and need more time off, it could significantly impact your family’s finances. The good news is that when you claim compensation for food hygiene breaches, your financial losses will be taken into account when working out how much your settlement is likely to be. Contact a personal injury lawyer within three years of your illness to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim – make sure you don’t miss the deadline.
Getting you the compensation you deserve
We believe that if you have suffered as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you’re entitled to claim compensation, so call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers have been helping customers claim compensation for food poisoning since 2000, and we come highly recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen. If you feel let down by the establishment you dined at, we’re here to get you the compensation you deserve, and it’s easy to find out right now if you have a viable claim – call our freephone helpline and we’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds.
Date Published: January 20, 2015
Author: David Brown