No win no fee* Aylesford lawyers hope you do not suffer food poisoning
Anyone can get an upset stomach, but if it has been caused by eating food that was contaminated or not cooked properly, you could be suffering from food poisoning.
If the food you ate was prepared by someone else, such as a restaurant, take-away or canteen, you may be able to make a food poisoning compensation claim and no win no fee* Aylesford lawyers can help you with this.
If food outlets do not want to have to face no win no fee* Aylesford lawyers with a food poisoning claim, there are precautions they can take to try and reduce the risks of making their customers ill. Most of them are basic hygiene and the sorts of things you would do in your own home. They include:
- Avoiding the cross contamination of foods by cleaning work surfaces and utensils between different foods, and not putting cooked and raw food together
- Not using food that is past its use by date as the date is there for a reason
- Making sure that food served raw such as salads and fruit are properly washed
- Making sure the food is properly cooked
- Not keeping cooked food at warm temperatures for a prolonged period as this is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria
- Making sure they are storing food at the correct temperature
- Discarding frozen foods that have thawed but not been used
- Not letting someone is ill or got dirty hands handle the food
- Keeping the preparation and cooking areas clean
Any of these situations can allow bacteria to enter and contaminate the food and cause cases of food poisoning. It is not always apparent that the food has been infested with bacteria, but if something does not smell right, or the colour looks a bit dodgy, the food should be discarded.
No win no fee* Aylesford lawyers warn about the more susceptible foods
There are some foods that you should take extra care with because they are more susceptible to becoming contaminated. These are:
- Poultry, pork and raw meat
- Sausages and burgers
- Raw shell fish
- Unpasteurised milk
- Raw eggs
- Soft cheeses
- Cooked sliced meats
- Pre-packed sandwiches
Most cases of food poisoning our bodies will fight and it will clear up on its own within a few days. Until you feel well enough, you should rest, have lots of sips of water and not eat any other food. When you feel ready to eat again you should start with foods that are easy to digest such as toast.
More severe cases of food poisoning can mean you be sent to hospital because at its worst, food poisoning can damage the central nervous system and even cause death.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been made ill by contaminated food you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can help you do this and we will ensure you are compensated for being made to feel so unwell.
If you want to talk to someone to see if you qualify, contact our helpline on 0800 689 0500, and speak to one of our advisers. Or complete our 30-second test online for some guidance about the amount you may be awarded.