Campylobacter bacteria are responsible for around 280,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK each year, and they’re thought to cause around 100 deaths a year too. The majority of cases of campylobacter poisoning are caused by contaminated poultry, although the bacteria can also be found in red meat and unpasteurised milk. Campylobacter bacteria spread easily and can be transferred from raw or undercooked chicken to other foods. Cooking chicken thoroughly usually kills the bacteria.
It’s easy to see just how big a problem campylobacter can be – a survey carried out in UK supermarkets between 2005 and 2008 found campylobacter in 65% of chicken samples. You could be struck down by campylobacter poisoning after buying contaminated chicken from a supermarket, or after dining out at a bar or restaurant. Whatever has happened, Accident Advice Helpline could offer you campylobacter compensation advice that could help you find out whether you can make a personal injury claim.
Time off work
Many people need to take time off work if they have been struck down by food poisoning. It could be that you’ve eaten contaminated chicken that wasn’t cooked properly from a local takeaway or perhaps you have become ill after enjoying a meal out with family and friends. You can be affected by loss of wages if you take time off work, but when you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline for campylobacter compensation advice, we’ll take your lost earnings into account. You can avoid campylobacter poisoning at home by following the ‘4 C’s’:
- Cleanliness – ensuring you keep food preparation surfaces and utensils clean and disinfected
- Cooking – making sure chicken and other meat is thoroughly cooked through before serving
- Chilling – ensuring food is properly refrigerated, even leftovers after cooking
- Cross-contamination – don’t wash raw chicken under running water or store cooked and raw chicken together as you could become ill from cross-contamination
We can help you make a 100% no win, no fee claim if your food poisoning was a result of eating food at a restaurant or takeaway.
Get in touch today
There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a personal injury claim so it’s a good idea to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline for campylobacter compensation advice as soon as possible after you become ill. It’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and our phone lines are open 24/7. There’s no need to feel committed to anything either as our advisors offer advice on a no-obligation basis. To find out how much compensation you could claim, just head for our website and take the 30-second test.
Date Published: August 2, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton