Had a bout of food poisoning and need to know more about making an injury claim in Swindon?
What is food poisoning and how is it caused?
Food poisoning is an illness that is caused by eating contaminated food. Food may be contaminated by bacteria such as Salmonella or E.Coli or a virus such as Norovirus.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Food poisoning is an unpleasant and distressing condition which usually begins 1-3 days after consuming contaminated food. Symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps
Some foods are particularly susceptible to contamination during their handling, storage or cooking processes:
- Raw meat and poultry
- Raw eggs
- Unpasteurised milk
- Foods which are ready to eat such as processed meats, pate, soft cheeses and ready made sandwiches
Contamination of food
Food may be contaminated at any stage of it’s production, storage, processing or cooking. Food poisoning may be caused by:
- Insufficient cooking of food, particularly poultry and pork
- Incorrect storage of chilled foods, below 5 degrees
- Leaving cooked food at warm temperatures for too long
- Food that is prepared by someone who is ill themselves
- Poor hygiene practices such as food handling and hand washing
- Eating food that has expired beyond it’s use by date
- Cross contamination of food, spreading bacteria from raw to cooked food, especially meat and poultry.
Treating food poisoning
Many people who suffer from food poisoning do not seek medical attention unless their symptoms become severe. Rest, drinking plenty of clear fluids and avoiding any foods at all is the recommended treatment for food poisoning until symptoms subside, then try easily digestible foods such as toast.
Oral rehydration salts are the recommended treatment for diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms to avoid the risk and complications of dehydration. If the patient is elderly or has other health issues, then these should be taken as directed to eliminate the risk of dehydration. These salts replace the salt, glucose and other important minerals lost through dehydration and aid recovery.
Making your injury claim in Swindon
If you, or someone you know, has suffered the distress and debilitating symptoms of food poisoning and it wasn’t their fault, then they may be eligible to make an injury claim in Swindon for food poisoning. Call Accident Advice Helpline to seek sensible advice about making an injury claim in Swindon. They have over 13 years’ experience in processing personal injury compensation claims for food poisoning, and they have helped thousands of people just like you, receive their legal right to compensation. Or, take part in their unique 30 second on line test and find out straight away if you can make an injury claim in Swindon from the comfort of your own home, and how much your are likely to receive.
Date Published: 24th September 2013
Author: David Brown