Suffered from food poisoning? Speak to the injury solicitors in Chester-le-Street
Food poisoning is usually a mild condition which many people don’t even bother to report to their doctor. Simple self help measures can alleviate mild symptoms and recovery may be swift. However, for other people affected by food poisoning, the illness can mean debilitating and severe symptoms which can lead to further complications such as dehydration.
What causes food poisoning and how does it differ from just an upset stomach?
Food poisoning can develop rapidly and symptoms are usually violent and sudden, whereas an upset stomach may be more vague in its onset with mild symptoms linked to stomach ache.
Food poisoning is caused by food becoming contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites. Once the contaminated food is eaten, it can cause the symptoms of food poisoning to develop.
Typical food poisoning symptoms are:
- stomach cramps
Can you tell if food is contaminated?
It isn’t always possible to tell if foods are contaminated. However, some foods may have a bad odour which is caused by bacterial infection and this can indicate that a food has been contaminated. For example, fish and chicken can both smell “off” and may have a greyish colouring to the flesh caused by contamination. In these cases, it is advisable not to attempt to prepare, cook or consume the food.
How can you reduce the likelihood of food becoming contaminated?
- Good hygiene practices such as effective hand washing before touching, preparing, cooking or serving foods will reduce the likelihood of food becoming contaminated through cross contamination.
- Storing foods at the correct temperature, such as chilled foods in the fridge.
- Ensuring that utensils aren’t used for handling raw and cooked foods.
- Keeping preparation areas clean and hygienic.
- Cooking foods thoroughly to ensure that bacteria are killed before it is consumed.
- Ensuring that foods aren’t kept at ambient temperatures for too long, e.g. kept warm not hot.
- Making sure that people who are ill themselves don’t prepare, cook or serve foods as they may inadvertently contaminate food and spreading the illness.
- Do not be tempted to eat foods that are past their ‘use by date’ as the food may have deteriorated and be unfit to eat.
How can I claim for food poisoning using injury solicitors in Chester-le-Street?
If you have been a victim of food poisoning through no fault of your own within the last 3 years, then you may be legally entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline’s injury solicitors in Chester-le-Street.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim, then our injury solicitors in Chester-le-Street will handle your claim reliably and professionally throughout the claims process.
We will ensure that your claim is processed on a 100% no win no fee* basis, so why not call our friendly team today? Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.