When you have what seems like a lovely meal, but several hours later feel so ill you think you are dying, your meal was probably contaminated and has given you food poisoning. This happens so easily – it just takes a few bacteria or viruses to get into the food. They then multiply quickly so it does not take long for the level of them to make people ill.
Just as it is easy for food to become contaminated, it is easy to prevent it from happening. Keeping all cooking and preparation areas clean and ensuring that hands are regularly washed goes a long way towards this end.
Making sure that food is in date and properly cooked also helps. Frozen food that has been thawed should never be refrozen; it should be discarded if it is not used. As it is not always obvious that food has been contaminated, if anything looks a dodgy colour or does not smell right, do not use it as it is likely that it has been infected.
The precautions are the same whether you run a restaurant, a takeaway, sell prepared sandwiches or are cooking at home. Bacteria are not choosy about where the food is or who is preparing it, and they are not even fussy about what food they contaminate!
Making food poisoning compensation claims
Food poisoning compensation claims are not unusual here at Accident Advice Helpline; we deal with them all the time. We do suggest, though, that anyone who has suffered from food poisoning should report it to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), who will find out why it is happening and put a stop to the contamination to ensure that it doesn’t spread.
We handle food poisoning compensation claims for victims from all walks of life and of all ages, although the elderly and young babies are more susceptible to it. So are victims with a low immune system, such as HIV or cancer sufferers.
Most cases of food poisoning will clear up within a few days, but in some circumstances the victim can have to go to hospital. At its worst, it can cause damage to the central nervous system and sometimes even death.
Whatever or whoever is at fault for your illness, you need to contact Accident Advice Helpline to make a food poisoning injury claim. We have made the process of making a claim simple and efficient, while still maximising the amount you are awarded for the suffering you have had to endure.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from and speak to friendly and helpful advisor for more information about making a personal injury claim for any type of illness or injury that was caused by someone else. This will not put you under any obligation to proceed unless you want to.
If you decide you want to go ahead, then you can do so without having to pay us any money to start your claim, and we will not ask you for any money if your claim is lost. No win no fee* takes care of the finances.