Food Poisoning Guide – What is Listeria?

Food Poisoning bacteria
Listeria is most likely to come from processed foods.

Most of us have heard of listeria. Some may even have contracted it in the past. Listeria is a nasty disease that is thankfully quite rare in the UK today. It causes infections that can affect the skin and the eyes, as well as causing the more familiar and equally unwanted condition gastroenteritis.

In more severe cases listeria has the potential to cause blood poisoning and even meningitis. The most common way to get the disease is through contaminated food. Unlike some forms of food poisoning that can be caused by food that isn’t cooked properly, listeria tends to be most prevalent in processed foods. Thus it can be found in cold cuts, cheeses (particularly of the soft variety) and pates.

One of the most important things to remember with listeria infections is that it can take an average of 30 days for the disease to develop. Thus if you are found to have listeria you may be able to trace back to when you contracted it. Some people fall ill after returning from holiday, for example, if they were infected there.

Food poisoning could mean you have a claim for compensation to make

If you do think you have listeria you must see your GP as soon as possible. You will normally be prescribed antibiotics to kill the bacteria. However, it is also important to consider when you may have contracted it. If you can deduce when you caught it and you have evidence that negligence was to blame by a restaurant, holiday provider or takeaway, you can consult a lawyer to see if you may be compensated for your suffering. Others have brought successful cases in these situations so do check. You have three years in which to do so.

Don’t suffer alone – contact AAH to discuss the potential for compensation now

Suffering from food poisoning through no fault of your own can ruin the holiday you were looking forward to. Even when you suffer through eating an improperly prepared takeaway or restaurant meal it can still make you very ill.

AAH has a team of professional injury compensation lawyers who have already successfully won compensation for people in similar situations. Don’t let food poisoning get the better of you: discuss your situation with us today by calling our free 24/7 enquiry line now. We may be able to win compensation for you on a no win, no fee* basis.

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