Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is predominantly caused by bacteria, which, when ingested, causes the symptoms of food poisoning.
There are actually a number of different bacteria which can cause food poisoning:
- Clostridium perfringens
- E Coli
Different bacteria can be found in different locations (for example, chicken, raw meat, unpasteurised milk) and can cause different symptoms.
If you have experienced food poisoning which you do not think was caused by anything you did, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Why not contact Accident Advice Helpline today and speak to our solicitor in Minster to find out if you can make a claim?
Speak to a solicitor in Minster
An experienced personal injury solicitor in Minster can help you make a claim for compensation if it can be shown that you were not at fault. In other words that your food poisoning was caused by someone else.
You may have contracted food poisoning after purchasing food from a supermarket. In such a case a solicitor in Minster may be able to demonstrate that the food had not been properly stored within the supermarket. One client we recently helped suffered food poisoning after a frozen meal she had purchased had been defrosted up to five times and refrozen. This encouraged bacteria to multiply, which caused her sickness.
Another client found that food she had purchased had been mislabelled with an incorrect use by date. As a result the food had actually gone off, although she could not tell so at the point of consumption.
Other clients have contacted our solicitor in Minster after they have suffered food poisoning whilst on holiday. Many individuals were struck down with this horrible illness after eating at the same restaurant on a cruise ship. Poor hygiene standards had meant that bacteria was able to live and multiply within the kitchen preparation area, and food was the served to many guests, including young children and the elderly.
The symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning effects different people in different ways, and often depends on the severity of the illness itself (and the number of bacteria that you have been exposed to).
Generally speaking symptoms include;
- Sickness and nausea
- Abdominal pain and/or cramps
- Fever or a high temperature
Symptoms can occur immediately after a contaminated food stuff has been consumed, or it can take a couple of hours. Generally speaking the symptoms are not life threatening, however, severe vomiting in the young or elderly can lead to dehydration which can be exceptionally dangerous and may prove fatal.
It is always important to seek medical advice if you suspect food poisoning in order to obtain the best advice on how to deal with your condition.
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Date Published: 6th May 2014
Author: David Brown