Need to make an injury claim in Ottery St. Mary following food poisoning?
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning is an illness that is caused by eating food that is contaminated and it can often go unreported because it’s symptoms can be mild. However, it can also cause severe symptoms and have long lasting effects, if left untreated. You can make an injury claim Ottery St. Mary for food poisoning with Accident Advice Helpline.
Symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning is an unpleasant and distressing condition, particularly for young children, the elderly and people with other health conditions.
Symptoms can range in severity from feeling sick, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It is important to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration, Food should be avoided until you feel much better and then easily digested foods should be eaten.
Dehydration can be dangerous and lead to further complications which can mean hospitalisation and a longer period of recovery. Oral rehydration salts help to replace the salt, glucose and minerals lost through dehydration.
Symptoms can be severe and affect many people from one possible source of contamination e.g. after eating food at a hotel or restaurant. They can involve high temperature and severe dehydration through constant vomiting and diarrhea.
The causes of food poisoning
Food poisoning is caused by contamination of food by bacteria such as Salmonella or Escherichia coli (E.coli) or a virus such as Norovirus. Food can be contaminated at any stage from production, through processing and cooking.
- If food is not cooked thoroughly e.g. poultry, pork, sausages, kebabs and burgers should be cooked all the way through
- If food is stored incorrectly at the wrong temperatures e.g. chilled food should be stored below 5 degrees
- Leaving cooked food at warm temperatures e.g. buffet food
- Food that is prepared by a person who is ill or who has dirty hands
- Food that is beyond it’s use by date
- Cross contamination of food e.g. through utensils that are used for raw and then cooked foods can spread bacteria
Susceptible foods that may cause food poisoning
Certain foods are more likely to cause food poisoning as they are more likely to be contaminated if they are not handled, prepared, stored or cooked correctly.
- Raw meat and poultry
- Raw shellfish e.g. oysters and prawns
- Unpasteurised milk
- Raw eggs
- Ready to eat foods – cooked sliced meats, soft cheeses, pate and sandwiches that are pre packed
Make your injury claim in Ottery St. Mary
If you or some one in your family have suffered from the misery and inconvenience of food poisoning, then you can make an injury claim in Ottery St. Mary. As long as the food poisoning wasn’t your fault and occurred within the last 3 years’, then why not consider making a personal injury claim in Ottery St. Mary? Call 0800 689 0500 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and speak to a professional adviser who can answer your queries with no obligation advice ensuring that you are informed of your legal rights. Make sure that you start your personal injury compensation claim today by taking part in the on line 30 second test. It’s quick and easy to find out if you qualify for an injury claim in Ottery St. Mary.
Date Published: 5th September 2013