It is not unusual for our Medway law firm to be asked to make a personal injury claim for food poisoning, as many faultless victims in the UK suffer from this every year. Food poisoning happens when bacteria or viruses contaminate food, which in the right conditions will thrive and spread. There are precautions which anywhere that serves food can take to try and prevent this happening to their customers, such as:
- Keeping the preparation and cooking areas clean at all times;
- Cleaning utensils between preparing different foods;
- Cooking food thoroughly to kill any bacteria;
- Washing fresh foods properly;
- Discarding unused frozen foods that have thawed;
- Not keeping cooked food at warm temperatures for a prolonged period;
- Storing food at the correct temperatures, especially if they are chilled;
- Avoiding the cross-contamination of foods;
- Not letting food pass its use-by date; and
- Not letting someone who is ill or has dirty hands handle the food.
If food outlets treat food correctly, they will hopefully avoid making their customers suffer from food poisoning, and will therefore not need to face personal injury claims.
Reporting your illness to the Food Standards Agency and our Medway law firm
Contamination can happen anywhere in the food preparation chain, and the fault could lie with one of the suppliers of the food you have eaten that has made you ill. This is why you should report your case of food poisoning to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), who will then track the source of the contamination and put a stop to it before many other victims suffer the same fate as you. You should then report the incident to our Medway law firm, so they can start your personal injury claim for compensation.
The serious consequences of food poisoning
Most cases of food poisoning will clear themselves over a few days of rest and starvation, but severe cases of food poisoning can make people really ill and lead to hospitalisation. The biggest problem with food poisoning is dehydration from a lack of fluids; plenty of sips of water will help avoid this, and will also help you to recover more quickly. A severe case of food poisoning can damage the central nervous system, and sometimes cause death.
Making your food poisoning claim
Accident Advice Helpline have been helping non-fault victims of accidents for over 14 years. Among the many thousands for whom we have claimed the compensation they deserved, there have been numerous cases of food poisoning.
We operate on a no win no fee* basis, so do not worry about financing your claim because you will not have to until we win your claim.
If you want to talk to someone to see if you qualify for compensation, contact our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our advisors, who will answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to decide if you want to proceed with a personal injury compensation claim. Or, complete our online 30-second test, which will let you know if you have a valid claim, and if so will give you an estimate of the amount to which you may be entitled.
Date Published: 16th July 2014