Food poisoning claim
If you haven eaten at a restaurant and the meal has made you ill, you may have a food poisoning claim.
If you have a takeaway meal that has made you ill you may have a claim.
If you have eaten a ready meal from the local supermarket that has made you ill, you may have a claim.
Other causes for a food poisoning claim
The above are just three examples of what can give you food poisoning, but its important to understand the causes, which generally are:
- Food that has not been cooked properly especially poultry, pork, burgers, sausages and kebabs.
- Food that should be chilled but is stored at temperatures over five degrees.
- Cooked food that has been left at warm temperatures for too long.
- Food that is past its use by date.
- Food handled by someone who is ill or got dirty hands.
- Cross contamination of foods where bacteria can be spread such as work surfaces and equipment.
Some foods are particularly susceptible to bacteria and extra care should be taken when preparing, handling or storing them. They are:
- Raw meat and poultry
- Cooked sliced meats
- Soft cheese
- Pre packed sandwiches
- Raw eggs
- Raw shellfish
- Unpasteurised milk
Most cases of food poisoning are mild and don’t need medical treatment, and clear up in 3 or 4 days, but it can be much more severe than this and can cause long term problems.
Food poisoning claim and dehydration
One of the worst effects of food poisoning is dehydration, particularly in the very young, the elderly and people with conditions that lower their immune system such as HIV or cancer. The signs of dehydration are sunken eyes and passing small amounts of dark smelling urine. If this happens to you, you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you know the source of your illness you may well have a food poisoning claim. These are not the easiest claims to prove and there are things you can do to make it easier:
- List what and where you have eaten in the previous 48 hours
- If you still have the suspect food, freeze it to preserve it
- Keep all the relevant receipts such as supermarket till receipts and restaurant bills.
- Find out if other people that ate with you are also ill.
- Takes names and details of possible witnesses.
Accident Advice Helpline will assist you in making your food poisoning claim. Over the years we have helped many thousands of claimants, where the problems were not their fault, with their personal injury compensation claim, including many for food poisoning.
We have an online 30-second test you can complete, or you can phone our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and speak to one of our friendly advisors, they will help you start your food poisoning claim.