How to make a food poisoning injury claim
To start with, you may think that you have an upset stomach or maybe a tummy bug, but these usually only last 24 hours so if you are feeling ill for longer than that, there stands a good chance that you have food poisoning. If you have contracted the illness from eating at a food outlet, you may be able to make a food poisoning injury claim in Sedgefield.
Food poisoning can be why you need to make an injury claim in Sedgefield
Food poisoning is caused by food becoming contaminated, usually with bacteria or sometimes with viruses or chemicals such as pesticides. In the right conditions, bacteria will thrive and rapidly spread. The situation everyone should try to avoid are:
- Cross contamination of foods;
- Using food that is past its use by date;
- Not cooking food thoroughly;
- Keeping cooked food at warm temperatures for a prolonged period;
- Not storing food at the correct temperature;
- Letting someone who is ill or has dirty hands handle the food; and
- Not keeping the preparation and cooking areas clean.
Any of these can make the food contaminated and cause an injury claim in Sedgefield.
Foods that it is more likely to happen with
There are some foods with which you should take extra care because they are more susceptible to becoming contaminated. These include:
- Poultry, pork and raw meat;
- Sausages and burgers;
- Raw shellfish;
- Unpasteurised milk;
- Raw eggs;
- Soft cheeses;
- Cooked sliced meats; and
- Pre-packed sandwiches.
Any of these served to you while you are eating out, could cause food poisoning and lead to an injury claim in Sedgefield.
How you will feel if you have food poisoning
Normally you would start to feel ill within one to three days of eating the bad food. The symptoms you can expect to experience include:
- Stomach cramps;
- Vomiting; and
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.
The consequences can be serious from food poisoning
Severe cases of food poisoning often make people really ill, can mean hospitalisation and can even end in death. There have been several high-profile outbreaks over the years where deaths have occurred. These 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 to do this and will ensure that you are compensated for being made to feel so ill. If you want to talk to someone to see if you qualify, contact our helpline on 0800 689 0500/0333 500 0993 from a mobile and speak to our advisors.