At Accident Advice Helpline we are progressively seeing more and more claims of food poisoning in Northern Ireland and have been very successful in seeking compensation for food poisoning victims. With our help, victims can receive hundreds, if not thousands of pounds in compensation, depending on how severe their symptoms are.
Whether or not you could be owed compensation very much depends on whether the restaurant or dining establishment followed the rules and regulations set forth by food standards and health and safety. If it can be evidenced that the place you ate at breached food standard regulations then they will be directly held culpable and you as the victim may receive compensation to cover your injuries.
What causes food poisoning?
When it comes to preparing food there is an abundance of food safety regulations that you need to adhere to, this is because food poisoning is very common and can be quite severe. However, with this being said it is entirely avoidable by paying close attention to how food is stored and prepared. Food can become contaminated at any point during the production, processing and cooking stages, here are some of the many ways food can become contaminated:
- Not ensuring food is stored at a cold enough temperature; all food should be stored below 5 degrees in a refrigerator
- Leaving cooked food at room temperature for too long (again this should be stored in a fridge)
- By not being cooked thoroughly and for the correct length of time, this is especially true when cooking meat
- Cross-contamination, i.e. the spread of bacteria through foods, work-surfaces and equipment, such as knives. A good example of this is using cling film to cover raw meat and then using the same cling film to cover cooked foods
- Food prepared by someone who is ill with either sickness or diarrhoea or both.
Can food poisoning be prevented?
Yes, quite easily, all restaurants and establishments serving meals need to be is stick to food hygiene regulations, which includes making sure all food is stored at the right temperature, the risk of cross-contamination is minimised by raw food being handled separately to cooked food, and by thorough cleaning. Unfortunately almost all food poisoning in Northern Ireland claims could have been avoided if the correct care were taken, as such many of those claiming personal injury claims for food poisoning are successful in receiving compensation.
For a more accurate idea how much you could be owed from a recent food poisoning incident, use our 30-second claim calculator, available online on Accident Advice Helpline website. Alternatively call of our experts now on 0800 689 0500
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen