Can I claim compensation for food poisoning?
It seems a common story these days: people often talk about horror situations in which they were wined and dined in a restaurant, only to be struck down within hours with food poisoning. Some bouts of food poisoning can be mild, whereas for other people it can knock them off their feet for days. So, can you claim for food poisoning, and can Accident Advice Helpline, along with our expert injury lawyers in Woolsery, help you in your quest?
What is food poisoning?
The most common type of food poisoning is caused by bacteria, usually as a result of food not being stored, prepared or cooked correctly. You would think that bacteria in our food would alter the appearance or smell, telling us it is not safe to consume, but this is rarely the case.
What types of food poisoning are there?
As our expert injury lawyers in Woolsery will tell you, there are some types of food poisoning that are more common than others. The one everyone will have heard of is salmonella. This bacterium is commonly found in eggs and meat, including poultry. The only way to eliminate salmonella is to heat it but cross-contamination can easily occur, hence cooked and raw meats should be kept separate. There also needs to be a high level of hygiene in the kitchen as it can be transferred on hands, kitchen equipment etc. Food poisoning can also be caused by E-coli, botulism, campylobacter, as well as other types of bacteria.
Depending on how your body reacts to the bacteria in question, you could start to feel ill within half an hour, but some types of food poisoning take a week or more to develop.
Can you claim compensation?
It may be possible to make a claim for personal injury as a result of contracting the food poisoning. You will need the help of injury lawyers in Woolsery, as well as the expert advice of Accident Advice Helpline.
You will need to have received medical treatment for your bout of food poisoning, and will also need to mention that you believe it can be traced to a restaurant or other food outlet. The Environmental Health department of your local council will also need to be notified.
How much could you claim?
This will depend on how severely you were affected by food poisoning, as well as the type of bacteria that caused it. Thankfully, most people make a full recovery from their bout of food poisoning, but some people are not so lucky.
Severe cases can in some instances be fatal, while other people with severe cases find that there are residual problems, such as kidney damage. Your injury lawyers in Woolsery will be able to fully advise you on the amount you could claim.
Think you are entitled to compensation? Contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 16th November 2013
Author: David Brown