Although most people who contract food poisoning will not experience any long term effects of the illness, though they will experience a few days or weeks of unpleasantness and pain, a small percentage of people who contract the illness will experience long term problems as a result of food poisoning, which can have a very negative impact on their lives.
What could the long term effects of food poisoning be?
Here are some of the long term effects that can be caused by a serious case of food poisoning:
- Kidney failure
Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is one of the more serious effects of food poisoning. It tends to occur when an infection of the digestive system produces toxins that attack and destroy red blood cells, causing injury to the kidneys. This particular illness is a common effect of E.coli poisoning, and is much more common in children.
- Chronic arthritis
A small proportion of people infected with Salmonella or Shigella can go on to develop joint pain, eye irritation and painful urination. These symptoms are collectively known as reactive arthritis – a condition which can go on for months, if not years, and which can lead to chronic arthritis.
- Brain and nerve damage
Listeria infection can cause a number of serious issues, including inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain. If a young baby is infected with Listeria, they could suffer from seizures, paralysis, mental retardation, deafness of blindness. Individuals infected with Campylobacter could develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, which effects the nerves and can cause paralysis.
The most extreme answer to the question ‘What could the long term effects of food poisoning be?’ is that food poisoning can cause death. The four strains of food poisoning that cause the majority of fatalities are: Listeria, norovirus, Campylobacter and Toxoplasma.However, death can also be caused by Vibrio infectons, which are most commonly caused by raw or undercooked shellfish. These kinds of infections can get into the bloodstream and cause life-threatening illnesses that can kill a person within a couple of days. Thankfully, these kind of infections are much rarer.
Claiming for the long term effects of food poisoning
If you or a love one have experienced any of these long term effects of food poisoning, there is a good chance that you will be able to claim personal injury compensation, providing that your food poisoning was the result of someone else’s negligence. If you would like to find out more about making a claim, or want to ask a professional, ‘What could the long term effects of food poisoning be?’ all you need to do is call Accident Advice Helpline freephone on 0800 689 5659.