Work is hard and tiring in many instances. All the more appealing then is the idea of a staff party from time to time. A party could be laid on for all kinds of reasons. It might celebrate a notable date in the business. It might celebrate a successful year or the expansion of the company. It may simply be an annual party that allows the staff to have a great time and relax for a while.
In many instances staff will be treated to food and drink at a party too. This could be a cold buffet or a proper sit-down meal with several courses. In any event you would be very unlucky to get staff party food poisoning from anything you ate there. Very few people are ever affected in this way. However, because of the likelihood of several people eating the same thing, if anything is likely to start food poisoning, it could well affect several people.
How can staff party food poisoning occur?
The culprit will generally be food that is unfit for human consumption. This can happen when bacteria is allowed to multiply on a particular food. Undercooked chicken, the same chopping boards used for raw and cooked meat, and using the same utensils for several tasks can all potentially lead to food poisoning. Untrained staff might also do things they are unaware are dangerous in some way.
While these are all good examples of things that can go wrong, they are quite rare. The vast majority of caterers and food purveyors provide an excellent service that goes way beyond providing a safe service. They follow all food safety laws and ensure all their staff are trained in the proper manner. Negligence is very unlikely to occur for the most part.
Of course if you do fall ill from food poisoning you will have a day or two of feeling very unwell. The length of time it takes to feel better will depend on which specific bacteria caused the illness in the first place.
In any event you may be able to prove negligence caused your food poisoning. If you need assistance, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We may be in a position to determine whether you do have evidence to support a no win, no fee* claim to seek compensation in the future.