Been a victim of food poisoning in Knottingley?
Food poisoning is often not reported to the relevant authorities, as the symptoms may be misdiagnosed or victims may choose to suffer symptoms without seeking medical attention. This can be a dangerous choice, as food poisoning can be violent and may rapidly lead to additional complications such as dehydration.
If you have suffered from food poisoning within the last three years as a result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, then you may be legally entitled to pursue a personal injury compensation claim for your condition.
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning symptoms usually develop within 6 to 24 hours following consumption of contaminated foods. The symptoms may have a sudden onset and can include:
- Weakness; and
- Stomach cramps.
How is food poisoning diagnosed?
It is important that all cases of food poisoning are reported to the relevant authorities, in case the outbreak of food poisoning is severe and the source needs to be located quickly. Health inspectors may be required to ascertain the cause of the outbreak in order to rectify the situation at the source.
Food poisoning is usually diagnosed following a medical examination by a health professional. If symptoms persist, tests may be carried out to determine the exact pathogen that has caused the illness.
How is food poisoning caused?
Food poisoning is caused by foods becoming contaminated by pathogens such as viruses, bacteria or even parasites. Food must be produced, stored, chilled, processed and cooked in accordance with high standards of food hygiene, otherwise the level of bacteria can rise to dangerous levels, causing food poisoning to develop.
If you’ve become unwell and someone else is responsible, you should certainly consider taking legal action and you may be able to make a claim for food poisoning in Knottingley.
How is food poisoning treated?
Food poisoning is treated with:
- Resting in bed;
- Drinking regular amounts of clear fluids to rehydrate the body;
- Avoiding contact with others for up to 48 hours in case of cross contamination;
- Eating small amounts of easily digestible foods once symptoms have settled; and
- Taking oral rehydration salts to replenish the body’s mineral and salt balance.
Can you make a compensation claim?
If you have been the victim of food poisoning through no fault of your own within the last three years, then you may be legally eligible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.
Simply call the leading experts Accident Advice Helpline and speak to a member of our helpline team, who can advise you of your legal rights and explain the compensation process to you.
If you are eligible to make a claim, then it will be passed to one of our highly experienced personal injury solicitors who can ensure that all aspects of your compensation claim are processed on a no win no fee basis.
Our expert solicitors will ensure that you are kept informed throughout the claims process, and that they handle all aspects of your claim on your behalf.
To find out more about making a claim for food poisoning in Knottingley, contact us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 14th April 2014
Author: David Brown