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We’ve all experienced food-related illness at one time or another, but what happens when you pay for the food that makes you ill? Provided it can be demonstrated that the negligence of the business or premises serving the food lead to your illness, you are likely entitled to make a claim for food contamination personal injury compensation. MG Legal’s expert food contamination solicitors have successfully settled thousands of cases, all of them on a no win no fee basis.
What causes food poisoning?
There are an estimated 2.4 million annual cases of food poisoning in the UK, and it is estimated that 380,000.00 are caused by norovirus (sometimes known as gastric flu), 37% of which can be linked to eating out of some description, 26% being linked to takeaways.
Throughout their thirty years of experience specialising in food contamination claims, our expert personal injury solicitors have represented clients who have suffered from a huge range of food poisoning illnesses, and who became infected in a huge number of different ways.
Some of these include:-
not cooking food thoroughly (particularly meat)
not correctly storing food that needs to be chilled at below 5C
leaving cooked food for too long at warm temperatures
not sufficiently reheating previously cooked food
someone who is ill or who has dirty hands touching the food
eating food that has passed its "use by" date
the spread of bacteria between contaminated foods (cross-contamination)
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Generally speaking, the symptoms of food poisoning will begin to take effect a day or two after you have eaten the contaminated food, although this is not always the case. In some instances, it can take up to 28 days for any symptoms to show of the food poisoning.
• feeling sick (nausea)
• being sick (vomiting)
• stomach cramps
• a high temperature of 38C or above
feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills
The good news is that if you have food poisoning, it's not usually serious and most people get better within a few days without treatment.
What evidence do I need to make a food poisoning compensation claim?
Food and drink-related illness can be more difficult to prove than, say, a Road Traffic Accident, or an accident at work, simply because in many cases, you have left the hotel, cafe, or restaurant and the cause of the illness has been disposed of before you know that you are ill.
Should you know about a problem with the food or drink whilst it is still in your possession, try to take a photograph of it, if you are served undercooked chicken, for example, take a photograph of the “pink” middle, or in the case of a foreign object, a photograph of the item.
The same applies to any item which you believe has caused an allergic reaction. Keep hold of the wrapper, take photographs of any labels on a shelf or serving counter, and if possible, retain the item itself by freezing it in a sealed container. These things can all help with supporting your claim at a later date.
However, our food contamination personal injury solicitors are well aware that this is not always possible. For this reason, if you do become ill and suspect that it may be food poisoning or another kind of food allergy, a medical examination is generally advisable, primarily for your own health and wellbeing but also because any tests that are performed can identify the specific microbe that has caused your illness.
Your GP, or local hospital, will be able to diagnose the type of food poisoning that you have based on your symptoms. In severe cases, blood tests, stool tests, and tests on food that you have eaten may be conducted to determine what is responsible for the food poisoning. The sooner that this is done after you begin to show symptoms, the better.
I think that I have food poisoning. What do I do?
1. Keep any evidence, either physical or photographed- If the food in question is perishable, such as a cooked meat, the freeze it in a sealed bag or container to ensure that it remains usable as evidence at a later date.
2. Visit your local GP as soon as possible- Many people dismiss food poisoning and food allergies as a minor inconvenience of an illness that will pass within a few days and leave them feeling fine again. Still, this is not always the case. You should always go and see your local GP doctor as soon as possible after you recognise the symptoms to have started, and obtain a diagnosis, along with any medication that you may need for the illness or to hlep control symptoms.
3. Make a food diary of what you have eaten in the last 48 hours- Even if you feel that you are absolutely sure on what the offending food was that gave you food poisoning, it is still always a good idea to write up a food diary for the 48 hours before you began to feel ill.
This allows you to eliminate the other foods that you ate, and can be used to build the strength of your personal injury food contamination claim further down the line.
4. Report the incident to your local Environmental Health Department- It is your duty to inform the Environmental Health Department for your local area. This could prevent anybody else suffering food poisoning illnesses from the same establishment due to unsafe working conditions.
5. Contact an expert No Win No Fee food contamination personal injury solicitor- Food contamination and food poisoning claims are a fairly specialised area of the law and personal injury claims. Because of this, it is always best to work with an expert solicitor who has considerable experience and knowledge on working with food contamination claims.
Our expert personal injury solicitors specialising in food contamination claims have settled hundreds of food poisoning cases just like yours over their thirty years of experience, and have built up a 99% success rate in all of their cases. We accept all of our cases on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you, as the client, because if we do not win financial compensation on your behalf then you do not owe us anything.
6. Sit back and let us do the rest of the work- From the first time that you speak to MG Legal for your no-obligation discussion about your case, you will be assigned a designated solicitor who will be in charge of your file, and work on your case.
They will take care of everything, allowing you to simply fill out the necessary forms and get on with your daily life. You will be able to contact them directly throughout the entire process, and ask them any questions or queries you may have about the progress of your case.
Contact our personal injury team online, here, and you will hear back from a specialist food contamination expert within one working hour. Or, if you’d rather speak to an expert solicitor in person, contact one of our offices directly in Longridge, Lancaster, or Garstang for the surrounding Preston area.