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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Hospital Accidents: Food poisoning

    No one particularly enjoys spending time in hospital. We attend when we must, with the hope that the healthcare we receive will aid our existing illnesses and injuries.

    During a stay in hospital, if a patient’s condition worsens or they start showing significantly different signs of illness, the case may need to be investigated – or it could be as simple as a case of food poisoning.

    Just as slips, trips and falls are common in hospitals, food poisoning is just as prevalent across wards which accommodate patients for significant periods of time.

    Food poisoning: signs and symptoms

    Many of us will have experienced food poisoning at some point in our life. It is a feeling like no other; a churning stomach, abdominal pain, fever and high temperature. Of course, due to the nature of the illness, those with food poisoning also feel nauseous and usually vomit quite heavily until the sickness passes.

    Despite losing lots of water, it is often impossible for sufferers of food poisoning to drink fluids or eat, as loss of appetite is also a common, understandable side-effect of the ailment.

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    As you can imagine, riding out a case of food poisoning can be particularly draining and unpleasant for patients. As such, this hospital-induced illness must be addressed.

    Is it wrong to claim compensation from the NHS?

    As a healthcare provider to the Great British public, the NHS has a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of its patients. This includes when they visit or stay in hospitals.

    Suffering from food poisoning in hospital at the fault of their kitchen is most definitely a breach of this legal requirement, and therefore the patient is within their rights to claim compensation for the sickness and upset they have caused.

    How to process your claim

    After medical treatment and food poisoning in hospital, the last thing anyone would want to do is wade through the legalities of personal injury claims and start legal proceedings.

    This is where law firms, such as Accident Advice Helpline come in handy. Via their 24/7 advice line on 0800 689 0500, the legal firm assesses the details of your case and can advise whether or not it is worth proceeding to claim compensation.

    Following this, should your claim be a valid case, Accident Advice Helpline will assign it to their most suited available lawyer to ensure that you receive the pay-out you are entitled to.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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