Over the last three years, almost 1,500 people in Doncaster have come down with Campylobacter, a bug which causes serious food poisoning. The NHS have expressed concerns that upcoming public holidays could see cases of the bug rises as many people get together to enjoy a BBQ.
Between April 2013 and March 2014, 475 cases of Campylobacter were reported. The bug causes severe stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhoea. Dr Tony Baxter, Director of Public Health for Doncaster, commented, “Barbecued food may look well-cooked when is isn’t. Make sure that burgers, sausages and chicken are properly cooked by cutting into the meat and checking that it is steaming hot all the way through, that none of it is pink and that any juices run clear.”
Campylobacter is the bug which most commonly causes food poisoning in the UK and is usually found in chicken. It spreads incredibly easily and only requires a few bacteria to cause someone to fall ill. The bacteria can be transferred from raw chicken onto other foods or found in pink, undercooked chicken. Campylobacter is thought to be responsible for 110 deaths every year.
Food poisoning compensation claims
Food poisoning has the potential to happen anywhere, at anytime and if you are eating food prepared by somebody else, you could be struck down by it. Food prepared by someone who has not washed their hands, meat left out without being properly refrigerated, food past its use-by date or food which has not been cooked properly could all cause food poisoning. Symptoms usually last for a couple of days and can include nausea, sickness, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. In some cases, food poisoning can be incredibly serious and could even cause death. Some people suffer ongoing symptoms which are never fully cured and food poisoning is particularly dangerous for the elderly, infirm or children. If you have been affected by food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, takeaway or café, you should consider claiming for compensation. It is also worth contacting the establishment to let them know what has happened.
What happens next?
You’ll need a personal injury lawyer on your side if you are making a claim for food poisoning compensation; that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help you. With years of experience in the industry, we are recommended for our high standards of customer service by our patron, Esther Rantzen (who you may recognise from TV). Whether you have suffered from food poisoning and been forced to take time off work for treatment or have become seriously ill as a result, we can help. Call us today and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you could claim compensation.
Source: Doncaster Free Press
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown