Sometimes, spotting food poisoning symptoms can be easier than you may think. For example, you can be afflicted by sickness and diarrhoea after eating something in particular, and you will be almost certain to have suffered food poisoning. Sometimes you know instinctively that this is the problem – especially if a number of other people ate the same thing and have also fallen ill.
The symptoms to look out for could depend on the bacteria that was in the food you ate. For example, sometimes you may get stomach cramps or feel sick, but you may not actually be sick. You can expect a loss of appetite, and you may not even be able to keep water down.
What should you do when spotting food poisoning symptoms?
If you strongly suspect food poisoning and you still have the food you think caused it, make sure you throw it away as soon as possible. If you think a takeaway or restaurant meal caused the symptoms, you can report it to the Food Standards Agency. They have a duty of care to investigate any potential outbreaks of food poisoning. Remember, other people you may not know about may also be sick.
The best way to combat food poisoning is usually to let nature take its course. Don’t eat anything for about 24 hours – you probably won’t feel hungry anyway. Furthermore, make sure you drink some water – little and often is best – because it will prevent you from becoming dehydrated.
Could you make a claim for compensation?
This is a possibility, but it depends on whether there is proof that someone was negligent. For instance, someone may have failed to prepare food properly, or may have used out-of-date food to serve to customers. However, finding evidence like this can be challenging for a customer.
That’s why it is always best to contact Accident Advice Helpline in these situations. While our name says we deal with accidents, we also handle food poisoning cases. If you’ve experienced something along these lines in the last three years, you should make sure you speak to someone from our team on 0800 689 0500 as soon as you can. A professional compensation lawyer might be well placed to handle your claim and see whether they can win you an amount of compensation for your suffering. Find out more now to see if you can claim.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead