Although stomach upsets are extremely common, few of these are actual food poisoning, and when they are they are often mild enough that the sufferer feels the effects for only a few days. However, there are some instances where effects and symptoms last for much longer, and the victim may need hospital treatment and time off work as they recover.
If you have suffered from food poisoning which was caused by food or drink from a public restaurant or caterer, you have the right to make a compensation claim in Ston Easton.
Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning happens when food or drink are infected by bacteria which are then transferred to a person when they eat the food. There are a number of reasons why this bacteria may exist:
- Undercooked or raw food or ingredients;
- Lack of hygiene during storage; or
- Unhygienic equipment which comes into contact with the food.
Because ‘bad food’ often gives no indication of being bad, it may not be until several hours later that a sufferer realises that they may have received food poisoning. A further complication of food poisoning is that members of the same family or groups of friends tend to eat together and therefore all may be affected at the same time.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Every type of food poisoning is different, therefore symptoms may vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:
- Vomiting and nausea;
- Stomach pain;
- Dehydration; and
Depending on the strain of food poisoning, the person may develop symptoms at any time from half an hour after eating the offending food to up to seven days later. Furthermore, the symptoms could last for a few hours, whereas other people may be ill for several weeks. In some cases, the most severe cases of food poisoning could cause severe illness or even death in a sufferer, especially if they are particularly old, young or fragile.
Food poisoning is diagnosed by taking a stool sample and testing it for bacteria. In many cases, testing the food or food from the batch which caused the symptoms may lead to an exact match between the food and the illness.
Making a Compensation Claim in Ston Easton
Food preparers in the UK have to adhere to certain standards in order to ensure that the food they prepare and serve is safe for purpose. If it is found that they knowingly served food which was not suitable for consumption, or their poor practices led to food poisoning, then a compensation claim in Ston Easton can be sought against them.
This compensation claim in Ston Easton could not only recognise the suffering of the victim of food poisoning, but could also provide some financial support for people who have had to take time away from work as they recovered.
If you have suffered food poisoning due to negligence, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a compensation claim in Ston Easton. We have over 15 years’ experience and our 30-second test could help to establish your case. Call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 21st August 2013
Author: David Brown