If you’ve been out for a meal at a nice restaurant or enjoyed a takeaway, the last thing on your mind is probably developing food poisoning symptoms. But E.coli food poisoning symptoms can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to reveal themselves, and when they do you could feel very unwell.
These symptoms usually resolve themselves and most people don’t need medical treatment, although if you’re already unwell or elderly (or a young child) then you’re more at risk of becoming severely dehydrated from food poisoning. It’s important to rest and drink plenty of fluids – once you feel better you might want to consider making a claim for personal injury compensation.
How to recognise E.coli food poisoning symptoms
There are some very obvious E.coli food poisoning symptoms that will let you know that you’re suffering from food poisoning. These include:
- Diarrhoea, which can be watery
- Stomach cramps
Some people may experience headaches and muscle cramps too, which usually subside along with the other symptoms. If you’ve been struck down by food poisoning then you’ll almost certainly need to take a few days off work – and in some cases symptoms can persist so you may be off longer until you feel ready to return to your job. It’s important to let the establishment where you ate or ordered food from know about your food poisoning as they may be able to take steps to prevent others from being affected too.
Ultimately, poor food hygiene causes food poisoning – for example not cooking or storing food properly, or cross-contamination between cooked and raw food such as eggs, meat or fish. If this has happened to you, the establishment you ate at could be held responsible and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation.
How much compensation could you claim?
Although there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to compensation for food poisoning, as Accident Advice Helpline handles all claims individually, we can give you an idea of how much you could be entitled to claim. The best way to find out is to take the 30-second test on our website today. Then get in touch with us by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to see if you have a viable claim.
We have been helping people claim compensation for food poisoning for over 15 years, so you know you can trust our advisors to give you expert advice. All advice is offered in confidence and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim at any time.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton