Just an upset tummy or food poisoning? How poorly are you – do you need to make an injury claim in Minster?
When you first start to feel ill with food poisoning you may think you have an upset tummy, but it won’t take you long to realise that it’s more than that, probably food poisoning. If you have contracted the illness from a restaurant, takeaway, supermarket or any other food outlet, you may be able to make a food poisoning injury claim in Minster.
Food poisoning can cause an injury claim in Minster
Food poisoning is caused by food becoming contaminated with bacteria, viruses or chemicals such as pesticides. In the right conditions bacteria and viruses will thrive and rapidly breed and spread. The situation you, and food outlets, should try to avoid are:
- Not cooking food thoroughly
- Keeping cooked food at warm temperatures for a prolonged time
- Not storing food at the correct temperature
- Cross contamination of foods
- Letting food pass its use by date
- Letting someone who is ill or has dirty hands handle the food
Any of these can contaminate the food and cause an injury claim in Minster.
Foods that it is more likely to happen with
There are some foods that you should take extra care with because they are more likely to become contaminated. These are:
- Poultry, pork and raw meat
- Sausages and burgers
- Raw shell fish
- Raw eggs
- Soft cheeses
- Cooked sliced meats
- Pre packed sandwiches
- Unpasteurised milk
Any of these used in meals could cause an injury claim in Minster.
The symptoms of food poisoning
Normally you would start to feel ill within 1 – 3 days of eating the bad food. The symptoms you can expect to experience include:
- Stomach cramps
Most cases of food poisoning our bodies will fight and it will clear up on its own within a few days. Until you feel well enough, you should rest, have lots of sips of water and not eat any other food. When you feel ready to eat again you should start with foods that are easy to digest such as toast.
If after a few days you are not improving, you should seek medical attention.
Serious consequences from serious food poisoning
Severe cases of food poisoning often make people really ill and can end up with hospitalisation, the biggest problem being dehydration from a lack of fluids. There have been several high profile outbreaks over the years where deaths have occurred, these sorts of situations tend to be because of contaminated water or something that is produced in large quantities and is on the supermarket shelves.
Making a food poisoning compensation claim
If you have been made ill by bad food you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can help you do this and get the financial compensation you deserve for being made to feel so ill.
If you want to talk to someone to see if you qualify, contact our helpline on 0800 180 4123, and speak to one of our advisors.
Date Published: 28th August 2013