Personal injury lawyer in Loughton
Wherever you live in the UK, you will go out for meals at restaurants, eat takeaways or buy your food at a local supermarket. If these establishments do not take enough care when they are dealing with food, it is possible that it will be contaminated, which could result in food poisoning. If this happens through their negligence or bad practices, they could find a personal injury lawyer in Loughton lodging a compensation claim against them.
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning will make you feel very ill. It is caused by contaminated food, which ends up that way generally because of bacteria or viruses. In the right conditions, bacteria and viruses thrive. The situations you should avoid are:
- Someone who is ill or has dirty hands handling the food;
- Cross contamination of foods;
- Letting work areas and cooking areas get dirty;
- Keeping cooked food at warm temperatures for a long time;
- Not keeping food stored at the correct temperature;
- Letting food go past its use-by date before using or eating it;
- Not cooking the food properly; and
- Using frozen food that has been thawed and re-frozen.
If any of these happen, they could cause food poisoning and lead to a personal injury lawyer in Loughton making a claim on behalf of the person who has become ill.
Are some foods more susceptible?
There are some foods that are more likely to become contaminated, including:
- Unpasteurised milk;
- Cooked sliced meat;
- Poultry and raw meat;
- Raw shellfish;
- Soft cheese;
- Pre-packed sandwiches; and
- Raw eggs.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Usually, you start to feel ill within one to three days after eating the contaminated food, and the symptoms you can expect include:
- Headaches; and
Most cases of food poisoning with clear themselves within a few days if you are fit and healthy, but there are some groups who could have worse effects from it, such as:
- The very young;
- The elderly;
- Victims with low immune systems, like HIV and cancer sufferers; and
- Pregnant women.
Who is responsible?
The injury claim would be made against the outlet that supplied the food. In fairness to them, it is not always their fault. The food could have been contaminated by their suppliers and they could be totally unaware of it. This is why food poisoning cases should be reported to the Foods Standards Agency, who will trace the contamination to its source.
Making a food poisoning claim with Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in dealing with food poisoning claims and have the expertise you need on your side. Call our helpline on 0800 180 4123 to speak to one of our friendly advisors, who will give you free advice and start the processes for you. We operate on a no win no fee basis, so you will not need any money to start your injury claim and we will not ask you to pay our legal fees if your claim is ultimately unsuccessful.
Date Published: 20th February 2014