You can get food poisoning from any establishment that prepares and sells food to its customers, including a kebab van. Getting food poisoning from a kebab van is quite common, as many people reading this may have personally experienced, and we at Accident Advice Helpline are only too familiar.
We have 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims, some relating to food poisoning claims, and we have an excellent success rate in helping our customers to claim the compensation they deserve. As experts in our industry we make your compensation claim incredibly easy by taking care of the whole process, meaning you will probably not even have to attend court.
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning is an illness that is caused by the ingestion of foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses and parasites. Usually food poisoning is not too much of a concern and will go away by itself after a day or two.
In some cases however, the food poisoning might be quite severe and could potentially hospitalise the victim. Food poisoning is of particular concern in vulnerable people, such as pregnant women, the elderly and those suffering from an underlying medical condition.
Common causes of food poisoning from a kebab van include cross-contamination, foods not being stored at the correct temperature, foods not being cooked thoroughly, cleaning not being undertaken thoroughly and ill staff being allowed to continue working with food.
When to see a doctor?
Typical food poisoning symptoms include feeling nauseous and/or vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhoea. These are common symptoms and will usually pass by themselves without requiring medical attention. However, food poisoning can be very severe, even life-threatening, therefore you should see a doctor or go to hospital if you suffer from any of the following:
- Excessive vomiting and/or an inability to keep food or liquid down
- Bloody vomit or diarrhoea, or diarrhoea persisting for longer than three days
A temperature higher than 38.6 degrees
- Become dehydrated, for example, have a dry mouth, become excessively thirsty, weak, dizzy or light-headed
- Blurred vision
- Weakness in muscles and/or a tingling in the arms
The severity of symptoms you suffer will likely impact upon how much compensation you are awarded; the more serious the case of food poisoning you suffered, often the higher the compensation amount.
Call one of our expert staff on 0800 689 0500 for no-obligation advice, and take advantage of our no win, no fee* service.
Our experts will be able to tell you if you are eligible to claim for getting food poisoning from a kebab van and if so, how much you could be awarded.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen