If you have fallen victim to food poisoning, you will be aware just how unpleasant and debilitating it is. Whether the contaminated food was consumed in a restaurant or café, bought in a takeaway, or brought home to cook, you may be able to make a claim for the personal injury you have suffered. Before doing so, however, it will be in your own best interests to seek food poisoning advice.
Taking expert food poisoning advice is essential, because it can be difficult to prove the source of the contaminated food. This is because it may take a while until the symptoms of poisoning become apparent. Also, most of us eat several meals or snacks a day and this can make it difficult to identify the actual food source which caused you to become sick.
Our solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in dealing with food poisoning claims and will be able to give you the advice that you require. When you first feel the symptoms of food poisoning — such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea — your first concern should be your own welfare. You will need to stay off work for a few days in order to prevent the condition from potentially spreading to others. If the symptoms persist for more than two or three days, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Taking time off work while you recover could result in lost earnings. If your food poisoning claim is successful, however, part of the award will cover lost income, plus any other incidental costs such as prescription charges and travel to and from medical appointments.
Food poisoning advice is very important if you want to make a claim. You will not have to prove that the restaurant or café where you consumed the food or the shop that you bought it from was negligent. The difficulty lies in proving that the actual food you ate made you ill. In order to do this, you will need to start the process for making your claim, which includes seeking legal advice as quickly as possible.
One of the main sources of proof of what actually caused your food poisoning will be the doctor’s report, including details of when you started feeling ill following the consumption of the contaminated food. It is also worthwhile contacting your local authority, in this case the Environmental Health Officers. These people, who act on public health interests, will launch their own investigation. Their findings could also provide major evidence to back your food poisoning claim.
When you consult us we will not only offer food poisoning advice, but will also assess whether or not you have grounds for a claim. You should not be concerned about facing a large legal bill from us, because we will represent you on a no win no fee* basis. That means no upfront fees and nothing to pay if you lose your case.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 in order to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Food poisoning claims