Suffered food poisoning? Claim your legal right to personal injury compensation with expert advice!
Food poisoning is a debilitating condition which often goes unreported as victims struggle alone, to overcome the dreadful symptoms without medical assistance. Not only can this prolong the illness, but it may even put their lives in danger.
If you have suffered the symptoms of food poisoning and you would like reliable and no obligation advice about claiming personal injury compensation the Accident Advice Helpline. With have solicitors working for us in the Ipswich area and across the the UK as a whole.
Food poisoning – the symptoms
The symptoms of food poisoning may not become apparent for some hours after consuming contaminated food or drink. Often the symptoms appear within 6-24 hours following the consumption of contaminated foods, and they may include:
- Stomach cramps
- Tenderness in the abdomen
What causes food poisoning?
Food poisoning may be defined as consuming foods that have been contaminated by pathogens which can include bacteria, viruses or even parasites which are harmful to a person’s health. At ambient temperatures these pathogens can reproduce at dangerously high levels in foods and are dangerous to consume.
How does food become contaminated?
Foods may become contaminated in many ways, however, high levels of personal hygiene, the correct food preparation and appropriate storage of foods can reduce the likelihood of contamination occurring.
- Personal hygiene. It is extremely important that hands are washed thoroughly, with an antibacterial handwash after toileting and before the preparation and handling of foods.
- Preparation of foods. Foods should be prepared with the correct utensils on a clean surface. It is important that raw and cooked foods are not prepared with the same utensils or work surfaces as cross contamination may occur.
- Adequate cooking of foods. Foods need to be cooked sufficiently to kill all bacteria and viruses and make them safe to eat. Raw meat and eggs may contain Salmonella or Campylobacter which are common causes of bacterial food poisoning.
- Correct storage of foods. Storing foods at the correct temperatures in the fridge and freezer will slow down the rate of reproduction of the bacteria, until it is defrosted and cooked thoroughly. If foods are stored at too high a temperature, or not refrigerated correctly, then the bacteria will reproduce at an alarming rate.
- Ready to eat foods. Pre-packed or ready to eat foods that may have been pre-cooked and need reheating, or are eaten as they are, may contain a bacterium known as Listeria which can be harmful to a person’s health. This is commonly found in smoked salmon, meat products such as pasties and pies, pate, soft cheeses and pre-packed sandwiches.
Make your claim with an injury solicitor in Ipswich!
If you would like to establish if you are entitled to pursue a personal injury compensation claim using an expert solicitor in Ipswich, via the Accident Advice Helpline, then call their helpline for advice. Their friendly team of advisers can inform you of your eligibility over the phone, whilst letting you decide if making a no win no fee claim is right for you.