Food poisoning can be pretty nasty, and with around 500,000 cases a year reported in the UK, it’s not uncommon either. With symptoms ranging from nausea and cramps to diarrhoea and vomiting, you’ll feel really unwell if you are struck down by food poisoning, which probably means taking some time off work to rest. The good news is that you usually don’t need medical treatment and most people start to feel better within a few days (or a little longer).
Treatment in hospital for food poisoning is pretty rare, but you could find you’re eligible to receive compensation for your loss of earnings if you have taken time off work after suffering food poisoning.
Who might need to go to hospital for food poisoning?
Food poisoning can be dangerous for the elderly or infirm – anybody who is already ill could have a weakened immune system – as well as young children. In these cases it’s all too easy to become dehydrated, which could mean treatment in hospital for food poisoning is necessary. This usually involves being rehydrated using a drip, and could mean an overnight or longer stay. In serious cases, antibiotics or other medicine may be needed to kill bacteria and ensure a full recovery from food poisoning.
Even if you don’t need to go to hospital, you should see your GP if your vomiting and diarrhoea persist for more than a couple of days, as you may need some type of treatment. Accident Advice Helpline could help you get compensation for your food poisoning illness, regardless of how it happened.
How does food poisoning happen?
Food poisoning could be the result of poor food hygiene, for example in a restaurant or at a takeaway, or a virus such as Norovirus. If you think somebody has been negligent and caused your food poisoning, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and that’s where we can help. Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about expensive legal fees, and it’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, charges may apply).
We believe that anybody who has suffered as a result of somebody else’s negligence deserves to be compensated, and we’ll support you every step of the way with confidential, no-obligation advice if you decide to go ahead with a claim.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton