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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Lawyer in Tadmarton

    A lawyer in Tadmarton for food poisoning or a tummy bug

    We all love to have a takeaway or eat out at a restaurant, but what if you are suddenly ill? Maybe you have an upset tummy or a bug, but if this lasts longer than 24 hours then there’s a good chance that you have food poisoning.

    If you think this is the case, and you have contracted the illness from eating at a food outlet, you may be able to make a food poisoning injury claim. If you want to claim your compensation, contact an injury lawyer in Tadmarton at Accident Advice Helpline.

    Food poisoning and making an injury claim

    Food poisoning happens when food becomes contaminated, usually with bacteria but sometimes with viruses or chemicals such as pesticides. If the conditions are right then bacteria will thrive and rapidly spread. The situation you, and food outlets, should try to avoid are:

    • Not cooking food thoroughly;
    • Keeping cooked food at warm temperatures for a prolonged period;
    • Not storing food at the correct temperature;
    • Letting someone who is ill or has dirty hands handle the food;
    • Not keeping the preparation and cooking areas clean;
    • Cross contamination of foods; and
    • Using food that is past its use-by date.

    Any of these can make the food contaminated and cause food poisoning.

    Certain foods are more likely to cause food poisoning

    There are certain foods with which you should take special care, because they are more susceptible to becoming contaminated, such as:

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    • Kebabs;
    • Raw shell fish;
    • Unpasteurised milk;
    • Raw eggs;
    • Pate;
    • Soft cheeses;
    • Cooked sliced meats;
    • Pre-packed sandwiches;
    • Poultry, pork and raw meat; and
    • Sausages and burgers.

    Any of these served to you while you are eating out could cause food poisoning if they are not treated correctly.

    How you will feel

    Normally you would start to feel ill within one to three days of eating the bad food. The symptoms you can expect to experience include:

    • Stomach cramps;
    • Vomiting;
    • Diarrhoea; and
    • Nausea.

    In most cases of food poisoning, our bodies will fight and it will clear up on its own within a few days. Until you feel well enough, you should rest, have lots of water in sips and not eat any other food.

    The serious consequences of food poisoning

    Severe cases of food poisoning often make people really ill, which can mean going to hospital and could even end in death. There have been several high-profile outbreaks over the years where deaths have occurred; these sorts of situations tend to be because of contaminated water or something that is produced in large quantities and is on the supermarket shelves.

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    If you have been made ill by bad food, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to do this, and we will ensure that you are compensated for being made to feel so ill.

    If you want to talk to someone to see if you qualify, contact our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our advisors.

    Date Published: 11th March 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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