Eating out can be one of life’s great pleasures. It’s a chance to savour different flavours, smells and colours and enjoy a bottle of wine away from the cares of the world. A meal out can be part of a birthday or anniversary celebration and something we like to remember. But unfortunately, a trip to a restaurant can linger in the memory for all the wrong reasons if your special night leads to one or more people becoming very unwell. Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food, usually as a result of bacteria such as salmonella or Escherichia coli (E. coli), or the presence of a virus.
The symptoms of food poisoning usually begin within one and up to three days after eating contaminated food. They include feeling sick, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. The foods most likely to cause problems if improperly handled, stored and prepared include raw meat, eggs, shellfish, soft cheeses, pre-packed sandwiches and unpasteurised milk.
Food poisoning is more common than you think
Many cases of food poisoning after eating out go unreported. But the Food Standards Agency estimates that it affects up to 5.5 million people in the UK each year. Fortunately, most people recover quickly without the need for formal treatment. The main risk is dehydration and the key thing is to drink lots of water and then to introduce bland foods carefully over time to avoid further upsetting the digestive system. In more severe cases people can have symptoms for days and weeks and even have to be hospitalised suffering from severe gastric infection requiring antibiotics or other medicines. All cases of suspected food poisoning from eating restaurant food should be reported to the local environmental health department.
Can you make a compensation claim?
The law states that if you’ve suffered injury, and someone else is to blame, you should be compensated. If you have experienced food poisoning in the last three years and want to find out if you are eligible to claim, contact personal injury specialist Accident Advice Helpline now. We are committed to helping you the consumer and have years of experience of supporting a wide range of claims, so give us a call now on 0800 689 0500. You can also take a look at the 30-second claim calculator on our website to get an idea of how much you could potentially win should any case be successful.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown