E.coli bacteria can live in animal intestines and can cause serious food poisoning with severe diarrhoea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Some strains of E.coli can even lead to kidney failure. Complications could occur which could lead to Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which destroys red blood cells and can cause kidney injury. The good news is that most cases of infection with E.coli resolve themselves without medical treatment and most people feel better in 5-10 days or so.
You could contract E.coli poisoning from contaminated food such as unpasteurised milk, soft cheese, undercooked minced beef and even some raw fruits and vegetables – water could also be contaminated. If you’ve suffered this type of food poisoning after eating out at a restaurant or pub, you could get E.coli compensation advice from Accident Advice Helpline.
Reduce your risk of food poisoning
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of E.coli poisoning. Personal hygiene such as disinfecting work surfaces and washing your hands after you use the toilet and before you eat can help to protect you, but you have little control over the hygiene standards in restaurants you eat at. It’s a good idea to check the food hygiene rating for pubs, restaurants and takeaways online before eating there, and look around to see how clean the establishment is when you arrive.
If the worst happens and you become ill, you’ll probably need to take a week or more off work until you recover, as you may feel very unwell. You could find out more about claiming compensation for loss of earnings when you get E.coli compensation advice.
Compensation for E.coli poisoning
If you’ve taken time off work after being struck down by food poisoning then you could give Accident Advice Helpline a call when you start to feel better. Many people don’t realise they’re eligible to claim compensation for food poisoning, but you have been left ill due to somebody else’s negligent behaviour, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a 100% no win, no fee claim, or head for our website where you could see how much compensation you could get. Our advisors are on hand offering confidential, no-obligation E.coli compensation advice, and we specialise in personal injury law, so you know you can trust us with your claim.
Date Published: August 2, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton