There is no doubt that food poisoning is one of the most unpleasant illnesses that anyone could ever to have the misfortune to contract, which is just one of the many reasons that, here in the UK, we have very strict food safety regulations in place to protect the public. Unfortunately, not all food-serving establishments follow the rules and regulations set out for them as closely as they should, and that is why there are so many cases of contaminated food and so many instances when food poisoning could occur in the UK. If you’ve been struck down with food poisoning, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a personal injury claim – food poisoning claims are usually fairly simple and straightforward.
What causes food poisoning?
Food poisoning is usually the result of poor food hygiene in a restaurant, supermarket, factory, bar or takeaway – or any establishment serving or preparing food. Here are a few examples of the types of situations that could lead to food poisoning and food poisoning claims:
- Not cooking meat (especially chicken) properly
- Not storing meat, fish and dairy products at the correct temperature
- Lack of hand washing in commercial kitchens
- Unclean work surfaces and conditions
- Contaminants in food such as bugs
- Pests such as mice or cockroaches
- Using food past its use-by date
- Cross contamination between cooked and raw food
- Washing chicken – this is a terrible idea as water droplets containing salmonella or campylobacter from raw chicken can spread to other areas of the kitchen
If an establishment’s food hygiene is not up to scratch then this could result in customers coming down with food poisoning. If you have suffered from food poisoning after enjoying a takeaway meal or a meal out at your favourite restaurant, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim.
Food poisoning is serious
Many people are of the belief that although the symptoms of food poisoning, including regular vomiting, can be extremely unpleasant, they are not actually all that serious. Sadly, this is far from being true, and the most serious cases of this illness can cause chronic conditions to manifest, and in the most extreme cases, fatalities can occur. This is why treating food poisoning quickly is so important. What could the long-term effects of food poisoning be? This depends on a number of factors, from the type of infection contracted to the speed with which one seeks treatment, but some possible effects include kidney failure and brain injuries.
If you experience any of the common symptoms of food poisoning, it is imperative that you seek appropriate medical advice straight away. You should also be sure to stay hydrated during your illness, as many of the symptoms, such as diarrhoea can cause you to become severely dehydrated. Common symptoms of food poisoning can develop quickly or take 24-48 hours to become apparent after eating contaminated food. Here are the most common symptoms to look out for:
- Stomach cramps
- Generally feeling unwell
It’s important to stay dehydrated and rest if you are suffering from food poisoning – this is even more important for children and elderly people, who are more at risk of suffering serious symptoms from food poisoning.
What’s the treatment for food poisoning?
Most people who make food poisoning claims will get better at home without the need for medical treatment, although you should normally still be diagnosed by a doctor. It might be that you have needed medical treatment in hospital or from your GP. The majority of food poisoning cases resolve themselves within a few days, and vomiting and diarrhoea should subside within 24-48 hours. If you are still suffering from severe symptoms at this point, you should seek medical attention as it is possible to become dehydrated very quickly.
Making a compensation claim
If you have become ill after eating food prepared or bought outside of your home, and you believe that the food was contaminated by someone other than yourself, there is every chance that our team of experts, here at Accident Advice Helpline, may be able to help you obtain compensation. Claiming for food poisoning may seem like a daunting task, but if you seek the help of Accident Advice Helpline, we can make the process as simple as can be. If you contracted food poisoning less than three years ago, and you were given an official diagnosis of the condition by a medical professional, simply give us a call and we will help you.
I can’t afford to claim compensation
We often hear from people who are worried that they simply can’t afford to claim compensation, and we have a simple answer to your problem. There is no need to worry about the cost of claiming for food poisoning with Accident Advice if you want to make a claim, because we work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, ensuring that our expert help and advice is available to all who need it. This means that you can make a claim without worrying whether or not you can afford it – and if you have suffered loss of earnings after taking time off work with food poisoning, you don’t need to concern yourself with the cost of legal fees.
What to do if you want to make a claim
Food poisoning claims are no different to any other personal injury claim and there is a quick and easy way to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to after your food poisoning incident. You can take the 30-second test on our website for an idea of how much you could be entitled to claim, but remember that this is just an indication of what you could actually receive and we’ll need to take a variety of different factors into account when working out your actual settlement.
For more information on claiming compensation, all you need to do is call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 if you are using a mobile phone. We are always on hand to help.
Date Published: 5th August 2013