Famous for its salts and racecourse, Epsom like many other places in the UK, has restaurants and takeaways galore. The number of food outlets has risen over the past few years and because the faster pace of life for a growing population means people turn to convenience eating more than ever.
But wherever you live in the UK, if you become ill after eating food someone else has prepared, there stands a good chance the food was contaminated and you have food poisoning.
If you find yourself in this situation, you should speak with our solicitors in Epsom to see if you have cause to make a personal injury claim.
Having to use personal injury solicitors could be avoided
Food gets contaminated with bacteria and viruses, and much of the time this could be avoided if basic hygiene rules were followed in the kitchens. Keeping the kitchens, and the people working in them, clean at all times goes a long way to avoiding contamination and cases of food poisoning where the victim may use the solicitors to claim compensation for their suffering.
Treating the food correctly helps as well and they should:
- Store food at the correct temperature, particularly in the case of chilled foods
- Not use food if the use by date has been passed
- Not use frozen food that has thawed and been refrozen
- Make sure all fresh foods are properly cleaned
- Avoid cross contamination with another food
- Make sure the food is thoroughly cooked
- Not keep cooked food at a warm temperature for too long
Being hygienic and treating the food correctly should stop most cases of food poisoning, which not only makes the victim ill, but gives the food outlet a bad reputation and can lead to them losing sales.
The recovery timescale
If your illness is mild, then it should clear itself up within a few days, but more severe cases can have serious affects on a person’s health causing nerve damage and even fatalities. If you do not start to feel better after a couple of days, you should seek medical help as you may need more specialised treatment.
Reporting your illness to the FSA
All food poisoning cases should be reported to the Foods Standards Agency for them to investigate and find the source. It might not be the fault of the food outlet that caused your food poisoning; it could be one of their suppliers. The Foods Standards Agency can visit and make sure that all rules and regulations are being adhered to, and if they are not, can make them close until things are put in order.
Looking for solicitors in Epsom?
Although we do not have injury solicitors in Epsom 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 Epsom look no further than our expert service.
Over the last 13 years, our solicitors have helped many thousands of claimants get the compensation they were due and numerous of the claims were for food poisoning. Accident Advice Helpline has the experience and knowledge you need to give your claim the best chance of success, and as we operate on a no win no fee* basis, you have nothing to lose by contacting us.
You can call our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to one of our friendly advisors for all the information you will need about making a personal injury claim.