Dining out is a real treat – whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just avoiding having to cook after a long day at work. You expect the restaurant, café or pub you visit to provide an excellent standard of service, and that the food you eat will be tasty and well cooked. So if you’re struck down by sickness after a restaurant meal, it can really take you by surprise.
Food poisoning symptoms usually take between 48 to 72 hours to show up, but in some cases they can take weeks to present themselves. Most people experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever, and whilst in most cases you’ll feel better within a few days, sickness after a restaurant meal can lead to severe food poisoning in some cases. Children and the elderly are particularly at risk and may need medical treatment.
If you have been affected by food poisoning, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. A three year time limit applies for these type of claims, so make sure you don’t miss out by leaving things too late. Contact a reputable personal injury lawyer and find out if you could claim today.
Who is responsible for your food poisoning?
Food poisoning is usually caused by poor food hygiene. Poor food hygiene could include:
- Dirty work surfaces and utensils
- Lack of hand washing procedures
- Pest infestation
- Using food past its sell-by date
- Cross contamination between raw and cooked products
- Failing to cook or store food (such as raw meat) properly
Establishments serving food have a duty of care to ensure they meet food hygiene standards. If they fail to do so, they could be held liable if you suffer from food poisoning. You may wish to report the establishment to your local council’s environmental health department, who will carry out their own investigation.
We can help you claim compensation
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Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown