If you have been struck down by food poisoning, you may find yourself wondering, “Is food poisoning a virus or bacteria?” The answer is that food poisoning can be caused by either a virus or bacteria, although bacteria is the most common cause of food poisoning, such as bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli. One of the most common viruses to cause food poisoning is Norovirus, also known as stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis.
This can spread quickly between those contaminated with the virus if proper hygiene procedures are not followed, and is common in enclosed areas such as on cruise ships and in care homes and hospitals. If you have suffered food poisoning and you feel somebody else was to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation.
So is food poisoning a virus more commonly than it is bacteria?
When you ask “Is food poisoning a virus?” what you’re really asking is can it spread from person to person If you have been struck down by Norovirus then yes, there’s a risk that others you come into contact with could also suffer from illness, with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea. But food poisoning is more commonly caused by bacteria such as campylobacter and Salmonella, which can usually be killed off by ensuring food is properly stored and cooked.
If you have eaten at a restaurant where meat was undercooked or out-of-date produce was used, you may suffer from food poisoning, and the restaurant or establishment in question could be held liable for your illness. This means you have the opportunity to make a 100% no-win, no-fee personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline, provided it hasn’t been more than three years since your food poisoning.
Should you claim compensation for food poisoning?
It may be that you have been very ill and needed to take time off work after suffering food poisoning, or perhaps your child has become ill and required treatment in hospital. This can affect your whole family emotionally and financially, and you deserve to be compensated for your financial losses as well as your pain and suffering.
Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of people claim compensation for food poisoning, and we believe everyone is entitled to compensation if somebody else is at fault. You can call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton