Whether you have a job which means you’re out on the road driving during the working week or you’ve been away on a family holiday in the UK or Europe, chances are, you’ve stopped off at a service station recently, to re-fuel the family as well as the car.
Service stations are so convenient as many are open 24/7 and provide a wide range of choices when it comes to drinks and takeaway food including burgers and sandwiches. If you’ve recently eaten at services and come down with service station food poisoning, your holiday could be ruined, or you might find yourself unable to get back on the road and go to work. In cases like these where you could have a viable claim for personal injury compensation, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
Food poisoning symptoms
Food poisoning symptoms can take a few days to appear and in some cases even longer, but there’s no denying them when they arrive – nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and even fever and headaches can all have you feeling very unwell. In serious cases of food poisoning, you may need medical treatment or to be hospitalised, as dehydration from severe diarrhoea is a real risk, particularly for children and the elderly or anyone who is already unwell.
Remember that if you decide to make a claim for service station food poisoning, your claim will be against the particular outlet that you ate at – whether that’s a burger outlet, sushi bar or sandwich shack. They could be held liable for your food poisoning if their poor food hygiene is proven to have caused your illness.
Poor food hygiene
The main cause of food poisoning is poor food hygiene such as lack of hand washing, dirty food preparation surfaces, cross-contamination between cooked and raw meat and improper food storage and cooking. Whilst premises serving food to the public are subject to regular inspections and food hygiene ratings, you could still be at risk. It’s a good idea to check an establishment’s food hygiene rating online – although sometimes you just have to stop at a service station to eat.
Claiming personal injury compensation means you’ll be compensated not only for your pain and suffering, but also for any money you’ve lost, for example due to taking time off work because of your illness. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton