According to recent statistics, more than five million people in the UK suffer from food poisoning annually. This illness is caused by eating contaminated food. The most common pathogens known to cause food poisoning include salmonella, campylobacter, E. Coli, listeria or the Hepatitis A virus. Foods likely to be contaminated by these pathogens include meat, cheese, milk, eggs, salads and seafood.
The most likely reasons for food poisoning include:
- Inadequate cooking of food
- Cross contamination of food-spreading bacteria from one food to another
- Poor hygiene standards
- Poor food handling practices
- Improper food storage
Food poisoning can be mild or acute, depending on your age and fitness. However, it can be fatal to some people. The common symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps
These symptoms can manifest themselves within two or more days, although some individuals can go for a week without showing any signs of ill health.
Making the claim
If you developed food poisoning after enjoying a meal in a hotel, then you might be eligible to file a compensation claim. Your rights are protected by the Consumer Protection Act of 1987 that stipulates a retailer must sell products that are free from bacteria that could cause food poisoning.
In order to make a valid food poisoning in a hotel claim, you need to prove the following:
- That the food you ate at the hotel was not safe and it contained food poisoning microbes.
- That the bout of food poisoning you experienced was caused by the hotel’s food.
Quick action is vital in such claims since delays might cause a loss of evidence. This is why it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should also retain any copies of receipts and prescriptions the doctor gives you, to serve as evidence in your case. Furthermore, you need to report your case to the Food Standards Agency. They will investigate the hotel in question to ensure that the requisite rules and regulations are being observed.
You also need to engage the services of a personal injury solicitor to help with your claim. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK. We have a dedicated team of some of the best solicitors in the country and we can put you in touch with one who is qualified to handle your case.
We understand that it might be difficult to discuss the details of your food poisoning illness with a stranger. However, we would like to assure you that all our advisers are friendly, understanding and very professional. The details of your case will be kept confidential.
All our solicitors work on a 100% no win, no fee basis. This means that you will not pay any fees if your case is unsuccessful. Get in touch with us via our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown