Regardless of where you live, food poisoning is always something you risk getting every time you eat out, even at reputable restaurants. There are claims for compensation for food poisoning coming in from all over the UK including claims of food poisoning in Oxford.
Oxford is a busy area, with lots of shoppers and people going for a day or night out, this inevitably leads to plenty of food stalls and restaurants popping up in the area in a bid to feed the hungry Oxford population.
Though most places will be safe to eat at as they will abide by Food Standards Agency regulations and produce meals that are of an adequate standard, there are some places that do not take proper care and could cause illness in their diners.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help those who have suffered food poisoning in Oxford to claim the compensation they deserve for the injuries they have received. Dedicated to working for our customers, we have 15 years’ experience in the industry and have a great success rate when it comes to claiming compensation.
Causes of food poisoning
The main causes of food poisoning include cross-contamination, food not being thoroughly cooked therefore allowing dangerous bacteria to survive, food not being stored at the correct temperature allowing bacteria and viruses to grow, chefs and servers not washing their hands or cleaning the work spaces and utensils regularly, and ill chefs and servers being allowed to work and potentially pass on their germs. These can all cause food to become contaminated with bacteria, viruses and potentially parasites, including:
- Norovirus: one of the most common bacteria responsible for food poisoning in Oxford
- E. coli: this is a bacteria that is commonly found in contaminated meat
- Salmonella: found in foods such as meat and eggs
- Botulism: a rare but serious food poisoning found in foods that have not been properly preserved
All cases of food poisoning can be avoided if hygiene standards are met and food is properly stored, prepared and cooked.
Treatment for food poisoning
Usually the symptoms of food poisoning in Oxford will go by themselves after a few days and without requiring any medical assistance. These are considered minor symptoms but you could still possibly receive compensation should you choose to claim.
However, in more serious cases of food poisoning the victim can fall seriously ill suffering from potentially life-threatening symptoms including severe dehydration, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting and an inability to see or speak.
In rare cases food poisoning has proven to be fatal, with pregnant women suffering from miscarriages, stillbirths and premature labour. In these severe cases the victim may need to be hospitalised where they could be given medication and even given fluids intravenously.
Starting your compensation claim couldn’t be simpler, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on our 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500, where one of our friendly specialists will be able to advise you on whether you are able to make a claim and how much you could be owed.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen