If you’re a fan of seafood then we have some bad news; food poisoning from seafood is actually quite common, but why? Well, the most common types of food poisoning from fish and seafood are ciguatera poisoning and scombroid poisoning, neither of which are detectable by appearance or taste. Shellfish such as prawns, mussels and oyster filter algae and seaweed from the water, which often contain bacteria that then live inside the fish.
Unless fish is thoroughly cooked to kill the bacteria, there’s a risk of food poisoning. Cross-contamination between cooked and raw fish in a restaurant could lead to the development of food poisoning, but food poisoning from seafood that’s raw is much more common. So if you’re a fan of oysters or sushi then you need to realise that there is a much higher risk associated with eating these foods.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning from seafood?
The symptoms can actually be pretty nasty, including severe stomach cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, and there’s the risk of dehydration. Most people will feel better in a week or less but if your vomiting and diarrhoea are severe or last for more than a few days then you might need medical treatment at hospital or through your GP. You’ll probably need to take some time off work to recover from your food poisoning too, which means you could be losing out on wages.
This can affect you and your family financially at a time when you’re trying to focus on getting better from your illness. The restaurant you ate at – or the takeaway you ordered from – could actually be held responsible for your food poisoning, and they could be ordered to pay you compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
Claiming compensation after food poisoning
Whether you have been struck down by food poisoning after enjoying oysters in a Michelin star restaurant or after ordering sushi from a local takeaway, you could find you’re entitled to claim personal injury compensation provided you make a claim within three years of your accident.
You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline at any time by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by making a claim.