We all like to eat out at restaurants or have take aways but the problem is when the food outlets do not take good care of the food they are selling, they can produce contaminated food, which could cause food poisoning. If this happens through their negligence, they could find solicitors lodging a personal injury compensation claim against them.
Food poisoning does not distinguish where you live, or who you are, it will just 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.
Food outlets should be taking care to look after the food they are serving to customers and to avoid food poisoning they should:
- Not keep food stored at the wrong temperature
- Not let someone who is ill or has dirty hands handle the food
- Not cross contaminate foods
- Not let food go past its use by date before eating it
- Cook the food properly
- Not let work areas and cooking areas get dirty
- Not keep cooked food at warm temperatures for a long time
In this list, any of these on their own, would cause food poisoning and lead to solicitors making a personal injury claim on behalf of the person that has become ill.
There are some foods with which even more care should be taken. Poultry, pork, raw meats, raw eggs, sausages and burgers are just a few examples of the foods that are more likely to become contaminated with bacteria if they are not properly looked after.
Part of the problem is that it is not always obvious that there is a problem with the food, but if anything does not smell right or the colour is not what you would expect, the food should be discarded rather than risk food poisoning.
You will soon know if you have eaten contaminated food
The signs will start to show within a few hours of eating the bad food, although occasionally it can take up to three days. You will be in no doubt what is wrong with you because you will experience:
- Stomach cramps
In healthy people, most cases of food poisoning will clear themselves within a few days, but there are some groups that could have worse effects from it, for example:
- Victims with low immune systems, like HIV and cancer sufferers
- The very young
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
The guilty people
It is not always the fault of the people who supplied the food, and as it could have been up to three days before that you ate the bad food, so how can you be sure where you picked up the illness?
Food can be contaminated anywhere along the food chain and wherever you have eaten 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 back to its source, and make sure it stops.
Looking for solicitors in Egham?
Although we do not have injury solicitors in Egham we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need injury solicitors in Egham look no further than our expert service.
Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in dealing with food poisoning claims and have the expertise you need to be on your side. Contact us today to make your food poisoning compensation claim. Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th March 2014
Author: David Brown