Can I claim for… food poisoning?
Food poisoning is caused by a variety of ways – from mixing of raw and cooked meat, to contamination on kitchen surfaces. On occasion, food poisoning is caused by the growth of bacteria on the food. This, if consumed by humans, can cause us to be seriously ill but, with the help of our lawyer in Harleston you could claim compensation for this illness.
Claiming compensation is a matter of 1, 2, 3 …
- You must not be responsible for the accident or incident in which you were injured and, in the case of bacterial food poisoning, it will need to be proved that the place where you ate gave you the food poisoning. It might be that if you have been hospitalised due to the poisoning case that samples etc. were taken, providing concrete proof of the origin of the bacteria. It will then be down to your lawyer in Harleston to push the defendant – that is, the ‘other side’ – to accept liability for your food poisoning, effectively paving the way for a successful conclusion to your compensation claim
- Making a claim for compensation as soon as possible is essential, especially in the case of food poisoning although, according to British law you have 3 years from the date of your accident to lodge and bring about a conclusion to your compensation case. Our expert, specialist lawyer in Harleston strongly advises that all compensation cases are started as soon as possible after the event – our memories become fogged with time and so, some of the smaller details may be lost.
- You must also have sought medical advice and treatment for your injury or injuries. In the case of food poisoning, most people seek the help of their GP to get over the initial symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. Unfortunately, for some people who have suffered food poisoning, they are hospitalised as their symptoms are so severe; dehydration is common and can only really be rectified with medical intervention.
Have you been the victim of food poisoning?
It may be that you were out with your family, celebrating a special occasion with family and friends, only to be struck down with bacterial food poisoning.
If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation but you will only know by contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. You can also use the online contact form that you can find on our website; spending a few minutes could see you making a case for compensation with a lawyer in Harleston, the best of whom is available from Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: David Brown