When you go out for a fun day with the family, whether it is to a fairground or just shopping around the local town, you are likely to see a few mobile food stands. Some offering jacket potatoes, others hamburgers, hot dogs or pizza slices, all providing a quick service for a relatively cheap price, therefore seemingly being a perfect choice for a quick snack to refuel. Though it might seem like a good idea, this could potentially ruin your day out and the next few days, by giving you and your family food poisoning.
Given that they turnaround a high quantity of food relatively quickly with limited commodities, such as running water, it is not surprising that food poisoning from a mobile food stand is a most common food poisoning claims we see at Accident Advice Helpline.
Having now gained 15 years’ experience in the industry we are not only able to guide and advise our customers, but we can also provide a no win, no fee service with no upfront costs, where our customers pay nothing if their claim is not successful.
Recognising food poisoning
Sometimes it is not easy to identify your symptoms as being food poisoning, especially if other people who ate from the same mobile food stand are fine. You might confuse food poisoning from a mobile food stand with a stomach bug or a hangover, for example. To help you to identify it easier here are a list of symptoms:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- A mild fever
- Physical weakness of the muscles
These symptoms are not considered as severe and will usually pass within a few days, without requiring any medical attention. It is important during this time to drink plenty of fluids and get some rest.
Severe symptoms of food poisoning
When it comes to claiming compensation for food poisoning from a mobile food stand, the compensation you will be awarded will reflect the seriousness of your case. Unfortunately, food poisoning can become quite severe and can even be life-threatening in some cases.
If you are suffering from food poisoning and begin to experience any of the following symptoms, then it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately:
- You become unable to keep fluids down
- If you are thirsty and/or have a very dry mouth
- Have bloody vomit or diarrhoea
- If you have an extremely high fever reaching 38.6 degrees or more
- Have diarrhoea that persists for three days or more
- Are passing little or no urine
- You become unable to use your senses i.e. you cannot see or speak
If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible to claim, or you are interested to know how much you could be owed, call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen