Can I make a food poisoning injury claim in Rickmansworth?
Bacteria can often cause food poisoning. The best known ones are salmonella and E. coli, but parasites, viruses or chemicals such as pesticides can also cause it. Hertfordshire has many restaurants and takeaways, and in big places such as London and Manchester if you eat out at one of these many places, you may contract food poisoning. If this is the case, you may be able to make an injury claim in Rickmansworth.
Food poisoning causes
Most of the things food preparers need to avoid are common sense, including:
- Someone who is ill or has dirty hands touching the food;
- Cross contamination of food;
- Eating food past its use by date;
- Not cooking the food properly;
- Not storing the food at correct temperatures; and
- Leaving cooked food for too long at warm temperatures.
More vulnerable foods
There are some foods more vulnerable to being contaminated, such as:
- Raw shellfish;
- Unpasteurised milk;
- Burgers and sausages;
- Raw meat and poultry;
- Cooked sliced meats;
- Pre-packed sandwiches;
- Soft cheese; and
- Raw eggs.
If you have eaten any of these foods and have then become ill due to contaminated food, you may be able to make an injury claim in Rickmansworth.
How will you feel when you have food poisoning?
You will probably feel quite ill. The effects are unpleasant and can be:
- Loss of appetite;
- Muscle spasms;
- High temperature;
- Vomiting; and
- Stomach cramps.
Some people are more susceptible to food poisoning than others, such as HIV and cancer sufferers. Babies are also at high risk. There have been several high profile cases in which more than one person has died and the source has had to be traced.
What you should do if you think you may have been infected
If you have contracted food poisoning, the treatment is to drink plenty of water and rest. Most people will get over it without the need for treatment. Although while you are recovering it is best to avoid food altogether until you start to feel better, and even then it should be food that is easy to digest, such as toast. It doesn’t matter if your case is serious or mild — you may be able to make an injury claim in Rickmansworth.
Who to report your food poisoning to
Cases of food poisoning, particularly if you know the source, should be reported to the Food Standards Agency, who are responsible for ensuring that food outlets follow the rules and regulations regarding food safety. If they do not, the agency has the power to close them down until the situation is rectified. However, in fairness to all of these food outlets, it is not always their fault — they might not necessarily be aware if some food they were supplied with had been cross contaminated, for instance.
After reporting your illness, you should call Accident Advice Helpline and report it to us. We have been helping people to get the compensation they deserve for over 15 years, and food poisoning is something that crops up all the time. Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our advisors for all the help you need.
Date Published: 15th September 2013
Author: David Brown