If you have been out, enjoyed a meal for a treat, or perhaps been at some family party, and when you get home you start vomiting, have stomach cramps and perhaps diarrhoea, there stands a good chance you have contracted a case of food poisoning.
It does not always manifest itself so soon, and can take up to three days to make you ill. But you will be in no doubt it is the problem because it makes you feel so wretched.
If this had happened to you, you should talk to injury solicitors in Hitchin to see if you have grounds to make a personal injury claim.
Injury solicitors in Hitchin will discuss the possible causes
Food poisoning happens when bacteria contaminates food, or occasionally it might be a virus. The things that allow this to happen can be avoided if a few precautions are taken, such as:
- Keeping all preparation areas, cooking areas and utensils clean at all times and making sure they are cleaned between different foods to not let cross contamination happen.
- Making sure the kitchen staff wash their hands regularly and not letting anyone that is ill handle the food.
- Making sure that all food is properly cooked, and that foods that are eaten raw, such as salads, are properly cleaned.
- Checking that the food is still in date, out of date food should be discarded.
- Not using frozen food that has thawed and been refrozen.
- Once cooked, food should not be kept at warm temperatures for prolonged periods.
These are just a few of the things that can protect you from food poisoning, but if the eatery you have had your meal at does not follow such basic rules and you contract food poisoning, you may be entitled to claim compensation and should contact injury solicitors in Hitchin to discuss this.
Reporting your food poisoning
Any cases of food poisoning should be reported to the Foods Standards Agency so they can investigate the source of the contamination. It might not always be the fault of the place you have eaten at, they only prepared the food they have been supplied with, and the fault could be with the supplier.
After you have reported it to the Foods Standards Agency, you should speak to Accident Advice Helpline and discuss making a personal injury claim.
We have over 13 years’ experience of helping victims from all types of accidents, with all types of injuries and conditions that have not been their fault. Many thousands of them have received the compensation they were entitled to.
Our solicitors have the experience you need to fight your case. They will examine all areas of your circumstances to ensure your compensation is maximised. We operate on a no win no fee* basis, so you will not have to find money to start your claim.
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