Injury lawyers in Walton-on-Thames
Just because a food product is well within its use by date, it doesn’t mean you should not exercise caution if a packet you open gives off something of a nasty whiff, particularly if you’re dealing with a meat product.
But while you would be daft to cook and eat food that is clearly off but within its use by date, doing so may not preclude you from using the services of an injury lawyers Walton-on-Thames solicitor to sue the food retailer that sold you the dodgy item for compensation.
However, if the retailer can prove that you really should have noticed that the food in question had something wrong with it, it may be able to reduce any potential pay-out you were to win by arguing that your conduct contributed to the fact that you were made ill. This is a legal precedent known as contributory negligence.
Off food and injury lawyers in Walton-on-Thames
At the end of the day, if a retailer has sold you an item of food that it claimed was fit for human consumption when it in fact it was not and you became ill after having consumed it, an injury lawyer in Walton-on-Thames may be able to win you a pay-out regardless of whether it was obvious that the item in question was off. You may also be able to take action against a retailer that sold you an item that was past its use by date.
If you were to pick up a bottle of smoothie from a newsagent’s shelf, you should have the right to assume that you will be safe to open it immediately and consume the contents without checking the use by date. If after taking a gulp you realise that something is not right and take a look at the use by date to see it passed some time ago, you may have a case for a pay-out if you were to later become ill. Retailers have a responsibility to make sure any items that are past their use by dates are taken down and disposed of.
Legal help and assistance
If you’ve become ill after consuming a dodgy item of food or drink, you may be able to use the services of a good injury lawyer in Walton-on-Thames to win compensation from the negligent party, be that the retailer that sold you the item or its manufacturer.
You’ll first need to find out if an injury lawyers in Walton-on-Thames such as Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) might be able to take your case on a 100% no win-no fee basis.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.