Food poisoning is no laughing matter, and it can often leave you feeling very ill. With symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and fever, you may feel so ill you’re unable to go to work, which could mean you’re losing money. Not all employers offer sick pay for staff taking just a couple of days off work, and whilst you could apply for statutory sick pay, it won’t be the same amount as your usual salary. Whether you’re single or have a hungry family to feed, losing a portion of your earnings can put you in a tough situation financially. The good news is that if you’ve had to take time off work due to food poisoning, you could claim personal injury compensation.
The amount of compensation you’ll receive takes into account not only your pain and suffering, but also any loss of earnings/financial losses you have incurred as a result of your food poisoning. If you’ve needed treatment in hospital, keeping receipts for any expenses incurred, such as transport to and from the hospital, is a good idea, as this will be taken into account when working out your settlement.
Taking further action
If you’ve needed time off work due to food poisoning, you should get in touch with the restaurant or establishment you dined at, to let them know. They may wish to carry out an investigation into what happened and make changes to their hygiene procedures in order to protect customers in future. In some cases, they may offer you a free meal or discount on your next visit – of course it’s up to you whether you want to eat there again. You might also want to report the restaurant to your council’s Environmental Health department, and of course if you want to make a claim for compensation, you’ll need to get in touch with a reputable personal injury lawyer.
Choosing the right lawyer
With so many accident and injury lawyers out there, how do you know you’re dealing with one you can trust? Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims, and we’ve been doing so since 2000. We only work with professional personal injury lawyers on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, and we’re here to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice, whatever your situation. We’ve helped hundreds of people claim compensation for food poisoning, and you could be next – get in touch today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown