Alan MacDonald enjoyed dinner at Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart’s restaurant ‘The Honours’ in Edinburgh the night before he was set to tie the knot with his bride, Holly Waugh. The day after their wedding, Alan and Holly flew to Barcelona to enjoy their honeymoon, which was when Martin began to experience symptoms of food poisoning including sickness and stomach cramps. After dining at the restaurant with Daryl Harper and Chris Stuart, his two best men and Chris Reid, his usher, he realised that they had all come down with symptoms just 24 hours after the meal.
Enjoying oysters, chateaubriand steak and duck fat chips (at £69 for two portions) followed by tarte tatin, the group suffered sickness, severe diarrhoea and hot and cold sweats, with symptoms lasting for several days. When they contacted the restaurant, they were only offered a refund of £130, half the total bill of £265. A spokesman for the restaurant claimed that they had served 30 portions of oysters that evening but had received no other complaints or reports of food poisoning. He also went on to comment, “In three years and thousands of meals, we have not had a single case of food poisoning from oysters.” This of course was not much consolation for Alan MacDonald, who unfortunately spent most of his honeymoon being sick.
Have you been struck down by food poisoning?
If you have experienced food poisoning, you’ll know just how terrible it can make you feel. Nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea are all common symptoms and can last for several days, leaving you feeling weak and drained. It’s a good idea to avoid food, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids to flush the toxins from your system. Food poisoning can be caused by storing food incorrectly or failing to cook it properly, leading to the growth of bacteria such as salmonella or E.coli. Handling food with dirty hands or using food which has passed its ‘use by’ date could also be to blame. Most cases get better without treatment, but if you are experiencing fever, diarrhoea or vomiting for more than a couple of days, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice.
How to claim compensation for food poisoning
Whether you have been ill for a few days or suffered complications from a particularly nasty bout of food poisoning, if someone else is to blame you may be considering claiming compensation. If you’ve eaten dinner at a restaurant or enjoyed a takeaway and later suffered from food poisoning, Accident Advice Helpline can help. We’ve dealt with hundreds of cases related to food poisoning, so we can tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim and offer you confidential, no-obligation advice. Call us today and get the ball rolling on your claim.
Source: Daily Record
Date Published: May 10, 2014
Author: David Brown