You can get food poisoning from an establishment that prepares and sells food, you can even get food poisoning at a cinema restaurant. Even though they may not prepare the meals a typical restaurant might, they still handle food on a daily basis. Food poisoning is caused by the establishment failing to adhere to the strict food hygiene regulations set in place by health and safety practices to protect the diners. This could include anything from not storing food at the right temperature, to allowing staff members suffering with sickness or diarrhoea to work, to cross-contamination. Regardless of what caused the food poisoning, if the establishment is found to have breached food hygiene standards then it may be held liable to pay compensation for anyone who has suffered as a result.
What are the main sources of contamination?
Food contamination is usually caused by bacteria, though it can also be a result of viruses or parasites, here are some main sources of contamination:
- Campylobacter bacteria: this is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK and it can usually be found on raw or undercooked meat, untreated water and unpasteurised milk. Symptoms usually begin within 2-5 days, lasting approximately a week
- Salmonella: a bacteria found in raw eggs, milk and in other dairy products, as well as being found in raw or undercooked meat. Symptoms last up to a week and usually begin within 12-72 hours
- Listeria: a bacteria found in ready-to-eat, chilled meals, such as sandwiches, cooked slice meat and soft cheeses. Symptoms usually pass within 3 days but can take several weeks to first show
- E.coli: this bacteria is found in the digestive system of animals and humans, cases occur after eating undercooked beef or drinking unpasteurised milk, some strains of E.coli can cause serious illness. Symptoms usually show within 8 days and can last weeks
Are you eligible to claim?
If you have recently been given food poisoning at a cinema restaurant or any other restaurant, and have suffered symptoms that have led to you being very ill or even hospitalised, then you may be eligible to claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline we are seeing more and more cases of food poisoning every day, and we have become experts in dealing with food poisoning claims. Our specialist staff are very experienced and knowledgeable in food poisoning claims and will be able to advise you on whether you should make a claim. To contact a member of staff call 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can use our 30-second claim calculator available online, which will tell you immediately roughly how much you could be owed.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen