Injury lawyers in Totland Bay
Totland Bay is a bay on the west coast of the Isle of Wight. At one end of the bay is a lifeboat station. This was built from money raised by local Sunday school children in 1870. By 1915, the Totland Lifeboat Station was equipped with the island’s first steam lifeboat. The lifeboat station closed in 1924, although its remains still exist today.
Making a claim for food poisoning
We all like to eat out occasionally or perhaps have a takeaway. Whether you live in Totland Bay or anywhere else in the British Isles, it’s a nice treat to sometimes be waited on.
Unfortunately, it can happen that after eating out you start to feel ill and very soon are vomiting, have stomach cramps, diarrhoea and become listless — all signs that you have eaten contaminated food and contracted food poisoning. If this happens to you, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim using injury lawyers in Totland Bay.
It’s not just eating out that can cause the problem
It’s not just the local restaurant or café that can cause the problem — food sold in supermarkets or shops can have the same effect. If something they sell you has not been stored or handled correctly, it can easily become contaminated, you can contract food poisoning and you might want to use the services of injury lawyers in Totland Bay.
Contamination is usually caused by bacteria. Once they have contaminated the food, they spread rapidly but are not visible to the human eye, so we often are unaware of their presence. There are certain things that everyone — whether restaurant, takeaway, supermarket or you — should do to avoid the need to make a personal injury claim:
- Keeping cooking and preparation areas clean is very important, as is making sure that anyone in contact with the food is clean and washes their hands regularly;
- Read the storage instructions, and if it should be chilled then store it below 5 degrees celsius. If it says to keep in the fridge, do so.
- Do not use food that is past its use by date;
- Make sure the food is thoroughly cooked;
- Cooked food should not be left at warm temperatures for too long; and
- Avoid cross-contamination of foods.
Most cases of food poisoning will clear up in three or four days, but it can be much more severe than this, need medical attention and can cause long term problems, such as damage to the central nervous system and even death in some cases.
Reporting your food poisoning
You should report your illness to the Foods Standards Agency so that they can trace the source and prevent any more cases from arising. After you have reported the case to the FSA, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for help in making your personal injury claim. Call 0800 689 0500 for all the help and support you will need. We are the experts in dealing with personal injury compensation claims for all types of injuries and illnesses from all types of accidents.
Date Published: 17th November 2013
Author: David Brown