Enjoying a Chinese meal is something many of us do at weekends as a break from cooking. The last thing we want when visiting a restaurant is to leave it with a dose of food poisoning. In common with other eateries, many Chinese restaurants pride themselves on extremely high standards of hygiene and on providing traditional, well cooked and tasty food. They train their staff well, use fresh ingredients, keep kitchen, toilet and working areas scrupulously clean and have their ovens, deep fat fryers and grills regularly checked and serviced. However, as with type of food establishment, some firms have very poor kitchen hygiene and workers incorrectly handle ingredients or inadequately cook, for example, poultry and seafood. This is breaking food hygiene regulations and putting customers’ lives at risk.
Food poisoning from Chinese restaurant can hit hard
If you experience food poisoning you will likely be struck down with stomach cramps, diarrhoea, headaches and fever. You may feel weak and disorientated and it will be impossible to eat anything or to go about your normal business. These symptoms should dissipate over 24 or 48 hours and it is important you stay well hydrated throughout by drinking plenty of boiled water and weak non-dairy liquids. In more serious cases you may become very unwell and need to seek medical care,
If you do become ill after eating out and feel you are suffering from suspected food poisoning, as opposed to another gastric condition or existing disorder, it is important to report the incident to your local environmental health department and to the restaurant concerned. Food poisoning is a horrible, even potentially life-threatening experience when very serious, or if it hits someone who is frail, elderly or has a weak constitution. For some people the condition can last weeks and months, causing chronic gastrointestinal discomfort and problems and hospitalisation.
Could you have a claim?
If you’ve been the victim of food poisoning from a Chinese restaurant and feel you have a claim to make, it is important to speak to a personal injury specialist like Accident Advice Helpline. We have dealt with many cases similar to yours and can advise you on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line now on 0800 689 0500 to see whether we can be of help. You can also estimate how much you may potentially be awarded by using our online 30-second claim calculator.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown