You would have to be incredibly lucky not to get food poisoning at some point in your life. For most adults it is an unpleasant experience that doesn’t last long. However, for some people it can potentially be a harder experience to go through than it would otherwise be. For example young children can potentially find it harder to get through the symptoms and get well again. The same is true when food poisoning in the elderly occurs.
Indeed the official advice given on the NHS website says you should consult your doctor if you suspect you have food poisoning and you are over 60 years of age. In some cases your health may be weakened anyway, which can potentially make a case of food poisoning harder to recover from.
How might food poisoning in the elderly occur?
This might happen in cases where people eat at a venue which serves contaminated food. Very few incidents of food poisoning will occur at care homes or hospitals, since the standard of care in such places is excellent and is never going to affect those who eat there. However, if something should happen to cause the standards of care to slip, there might potentially be a slim chance someone could get food poisoning.
It may take an elderly person longer to recover than someone of a younger age. Furthermore there could be underlying conditions the person already suffers from that mean the food poisoning could potentially have a more pronounced effect.
The importance of medical advice
Clearly there is a need to ensure people get proper advice and do not simply try to cope with the condition alone if they are of an advanced age. While the majority of elderly people will recover from food poisoning without too much bother, there could be cases where their health is jeopardised because they are already frail.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with claims relating to far more than just accidents. Food poisoning may feature in some of the claims we assist with. If you think you or a relative has a good chance of making a claim based on a no win, no fee* claims process, why not call us today? We provide the no-obligation advice you need in this situation, and you can get it by calling 0800 689 0500. It’s the best course of action you could take.