Many people love shellfish such as crab, lobster and prawns. However, if they are not stored, prepared or cooked properly they can lead to illness. If you have ever become ill from eating shellfish that was not fit for human consumption you will know what a nasty experience it can be.
Some cases of food poisoning come from eating shellfish that has not been fully cooked through. This increases the chances of falling ill from eating it. Of course some shellfish – oysters in particular will spring to mind here – are eaten raw. If you do eat raw oysters or certain other shellfish that are commonly served raw, it is imperative that you trust the source they have come from. You should also be sure they have been stored properly. In the case of mussels illness can be caused through eating dead ones. These are easy to spot because the shells do not close when touched.
As you can see, most illnesses caused by bad shellfish occur through improper storage and cooking of the shellfish.
Making compensation claims regarding food poisoning incidents
If you cook or prepare shellfish at home and you fall ill, it is likely down to you for preparing or cooking the fish in the wrong way. However, if someone else has cooked or prepared it – such as a chef at a restaurant or takeaway for example – it may give rise to the potential for a compensation claim.
It should be noted that it is rare for restaurants and takeaways to give their clientele food poisoning. Most of the time the people working in restaurants and other kitchens know exactly how to store, prepare and cook all food to the highest possible standards. If you have experienced food poisoning after eating shellfish you may be in a position to claim against the establishment you ate it in, providing there is evidence they are at fault.
Could you make a no win, no fee* claim?
If you believe you are entitled to compensation after eating bad shellfish, contact Accident Advice Helpline within three years of the incident itself. This is the deadline in which you must make your claim, so the sooner you get professional advice from our experienced injury compensation lawyers the better. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line to find out what the first steps are and to speak to our friendly team now.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown