Let’s face it – food poisoning is a horrible experience, but it does generally pass within a day or two. Once the bacteria or virus is out of your system, you might feel weak for a while until you get your appetite back, but after that point you feel much better and can continue with your normal life. You wouldn’t expect to suffer from food poisoning long-term effects because of eating dodgy food.
Fortunately, few people do. However, while the majority recover with no long-term ill effects, a small minority end up being affected in various ways for a long time to come.
What can happen that leads to problems in the future?
While most bacteria and viruses that cause food poisoning will leave the system and return it to normal, there are isolated cases where a person may have flare-ups afterwards. In other instances, someone might end up experiencing irritable bowel syndrome for the rest of their life, purely because they were made ill by dodgy food on one occasion.
These long-term effects can significantly change the way people eat once they have been made ill. There could be foods they find they can’t eat any more because they upset their stomach – even though they loved those foods and had them without any ill effects before.
Is it possible to claim compensation for suffering from food poisoning long-term effects?
In short, yes, you have a chance to do this if you can prove the people who served you the food were negligent in their duties according to food safety law. Serving undercooked chicken, keeping food warm for hours or reheating it incorrectly could all be triggers for food poisoning long-term effects, and they can all potentially lead to a claim.
So, if you want to know more, and your bout of food poisoning has led to long-term problems, do speak with one of our advisors today. We may be known for supporting people who have been injured in accidents, but some of our professional lawyers deal with food poisoning negligence cases as well. To speak to someone in the know, call our freephone number on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Whichever number you use, you can be certain of speaking to someone who has dealt with similar claims in the past.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead