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Foreign object in food injury claims.
We’ve all experienced the sensation of biting into an unexpected object in our food. Although usually, we are pleased to find that the offending object is merely a piece of fishbone, fat or gristle. On some occasions, however, we bite into a food item to find that the item is ‘foreign’ - in other words there’s no reasonable explanation for it to be there.
Provided it can be demonstrated that the negligence of the business or premises serving the food or drink led to your injury, you are likely entitled to make a claim for foreign object in food 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.
A guide to foreign object in food claims:
What is a food foreign object contamination personal injury claim?
Put simply, any kind of injury caused by food or drink containing a foreign object served to you by another party constitutes a personal injury. A study published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in early 2020 estimated that around 13% of all complaints, around 400,000 incidences, are of foreign object contaminated food occur each year in the United Kingdom, meaning this is by no means a rare occurrence. Whilst many of these instances are no more than an unpleasant incident, some do result in injury, most commonly to the mouth and teeth.
If the person, or business, serving you the food was negligent in their preparation or service or production of the food, you are entitled to claim for foreign object in food compensation. MG Legal’s expert food foreign object contamination solicitors can help you overcome the legal barriers to a successful claim.
Once we have investigated your claim and provided we can establish negligence, expert medical evidence will be obtained and used to place a valuation on your claim. This valuation is then used to negotiate settlement with the fault party.
What is defined as a foreign object in my food?
Essentially, a foreign object in food or drink covers any item of an object that would not reasonably be expected to be found in food or drink. The ‘foreign’ aspect of the object is what defines the object as something that does not belong there. Therefore, if you have found any unexpected object in your food, and have been injured by it, you are probably eligible to make a foreign object in food injury claim. Contact our team of specialist injury solicitors, here, for more information.
What foreign objects are commonly found in food?
The most common items to be found are:
Glass – this is often difficult to see, but glass is used in food production and so, broken glass is a common hazard in general. There have even been reports of supermarket baby food containing shards of glass.
Wood – this more often comes either from wooden implements but most commonly from splinters or chips which come off pallets and similar packaging and transport materials between venues.
Stones or rocks – often brought into the processing plant with vegetables but can also come from sources inside kitchens and factories, particularly during or just after building work.
Metal – again can be brought in from fields from harvesting, but also from machinery and wiring in factories and kitchens.
Jewellery – dropped by staff manufacturing or making the food, most commonly as a result of poor staff hygiene practices
Plastic – plastic is used in countless ways in the modern world, often in small, flimsy parts which commonly break off and can easily be swept into food during manufacture or preparation.
Body parts – one of the most gruesome of possibility, whist it is rare to find full digits in food, commonly found items include fingernails and teeth , but also bones.
Can you get compensation for foreign object in food?
The short answer to this question is yes. As long as you have suffered from physical injuries from the foreign object found in your food, and your specialist food injury solicitor can successfully prove that this injury was caused by the negligence of businesses or producers who made, packaged, or served the food to you, you can make a claim for financial compensation.
Our personal injury solicitors accept foreign object in food claims on a no win no fee basis, if you have suffered a physical injury. The injury could be to your lips, mouth, cheek, teeth or throat; but it is a pre-requisite of our personal injury solicitors accepting instruction, that you must have sustained a physical injury.
While MG Legal understand that the act of finding a foreign object in food alone is distressing, and may cause psychological distress, this is not enough to be eligible for a personal injury claim, with our solicitors. Only when this object has caused further physical injuries in a claimant can we accept your foreign object in food injury claim.
Contact MG Legal’s team, here, for more information on how our team can help.
Foreign objects in food settlements UK:
Foreign object in food compensation claims are made everyday up and down the country by people just like you. Our specialist personal injury solicitors regularly work on, and settle, foreign object in food compensation claims for our clients. We know how distressing it can be to suffer from unexpected injury from something as simple as eating a pie, or sandwich, or drinking a can of fizzy drink. Many of us enjoy eating out at restaurants, cafes, and buying prepared food and meals from supermarkets. When you suffer injury, whether it’s a chipped tooth or cuts to the mouth after eating something, you can lose this enjoyment for eating out.
In order to recover from your injuries, and prevent negligence from food companies and factories, you can make a foreign object in food injury claim with our specialist injury solicitors.
Making a successful claim for a foreign object in food:
MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors are highly knowledgeable on the law surrounding food safety regulations.
Under the Sales and Goods Act of 1982, a food supplier can be sued if they fail to provide a product that is fit for purpose. It is fairly clear and obvious that a food or drink product containing a foreign object that can cause injury to the customer is not fit for purpose.
On top of this, subject to the Consumer Protection Act of 1987, a company can be negligent in selling or producing a defective product that has caused injury to the customer.
These are just two of the legal acts that our specialist personal injury solicitors can successfully use to pursue claims against food producers and suppliers. When you work with your designated food contamination solicitor at MG Legal, they will go above and beyond to ensure that the negligence of the company can be clearly proven, as well as the ways in which they breach relevant legislation.
Glass foreign object in food claim- a case study with MG Legal:
Here at MG Legal, our personal injury solicitors have recently worked on a NO WIN NO FEE foreign object in food claim on behalf of a client who was injured due to a piece of glass in a pre-packaged bag of nuts bought from a well know supermarket chain.
Our client, Mr L, was eating the pre-packaged nuts when he began to feel a sharp pain in his mouth while chewing, and felt a foreign object lodged in his gums. After removing the object, Mr L realised that a sharp piece of glass had been mixed up with the nuts, and he had badly cut his gums on the glass while chewing.
After reaching out to MG Legal about his potential claim, and having a free, no-obligation discussion with a personal injury solicitor, we accepted his foreign object in food claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, allowing him to make the claim at no financial risk.
Mr L’s designated injury solicitor then got to work on building his foreign object in food claim to be as strong as possible, gathering all available photographic, legal, and medical evidence associated with the incident.
After doing so, and leaving no stone unturned, MG Legal felt comfortable in pursuing the foreign object in food claim, knowing that it was as strong and robust as possible, and had the best chance of achieving financial compensation on behalf of our client.
We presented our claim to the defendant, the supermarket chain involved, and quickly received an admission of liability from the defendant. This was because our team go above and beyond to ensure that our foreign object in food claims will be successful, meaning that we receive an immediate admission of liability straight away in the vast majority of our claims.
Can I sue if glass is found in my food?
If you are reading this, you may be wondering what to do if you find glass in your food, and whether your are eligible to claim glass in food compensation. Glass is used regularly in food production units, food packaging facilities, and food and restaurant kitchens where food is prepared.
With glass being so commonly used, so easily broken, so hard to see due to it being see-through, and so sharp, glass in food compensation claims are not uncommon. Glass can be extremely dangerous if ingested. Swallowing glass can cause the following injuries:
Oesophageal cuts and abrasions
Cuts to the internal organs
Swallowing glass can be a serious medical emergency, and can be potentially life-threatening in some instances. If you have been injured in any way after finding glass in your food, then contact MG Legal’s foreign object in food claims solicitors here to discuss your potential claim for foreign object in food compensation.
Can you sue if you find metal in your food?
If you have found metal of any kind in your food or meal, you could be entitled to make a claim for metal found in food compensation. Whether it’s a metal screw or metal bolt found in your food, a stray piece of metal from jewellery worn by somebody working in the food production, or a metal shard from a piece of machinery or equipment used in the restaurant or factory, metal can easily makes its way into our food.
If you have found metal wire, a piece of metal, or a metal shard in your food, and have been injured as a result of this, you could be eligible to make a claim for foreign object in food compensation. For a no-obligation discussion of your potential claim, contact MG Legal’s specialist injury solicitors here.
Wood foreign object in food claim- a case study with MG Legal:
Our personal injury solicitors have recently settled a foreign object in food claim for our client, Mrs W, who found a piece of wood in her store-bought sandwich, which she attempted to swallow. After reaching out to our personal injury solicitors, we quickly accepted Mrs W’s claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, and got to work on building her foreign object in food claim. After doing so, our client’s designated personal injury solicitor began to gather all of the legal and medical evidence available for the foreign object in food claim, including the injuries, how severe they were, and how they came to happen.
After compiling all of the available information into the personal injury claim, and building it to be as strong as possible, Mrs W’s designated solicitor felt happy with pursuing the foreign object food claim against the defendant, in this case, the supermarket chain from which our client purchased the sandwich.
Our team kept in regular contact with Mrs W throughout the process, as we do with all of our clients, and because of the strength of the personal injury claim that we built, the defendant quickly admitted liability and offered a settlement financial compensation amount of £1000, which both our team and Mrs W felt happy to accept.
What to do if you find a foreign object in your food:
1. Keep the object- whether it’s a piece of metal, a shard of glass, or a wood chip, if you have identified the object before swallowing it, or had the object medically removed, then it is important to always keep the foreign object found in the food safe. This can make it much easier to prove your foreign object in food compensation claim.
2. Seek medical attention- above everything else, your health and safety is of the most importance. If you have been injured in any way due to a foreign object in food, you should visit your local GP or A&E department for medical treatment. This is the best way to ensure that your injuries are treated properly, as well as to ensure that the injuries are recorded in your medical records, making it easier to pursue your subsequent foreign object in food injury claim.
3. Keep any receipts and evidence- If you have taken photographs of the object in the food, or have receipts of your purchase, make sure to keep these safe.
4. Make a formal complaint to the shop or restaurant and the FSA- it is important to make whoever you bought the food from aware of the incident, in order to prevent it happening to more people, as well as reporting it to the FSA. However, it is key that you do not give the food or foreign object to them. Keep this yourself as it is the key piece of evidence.
5. Get in touch with a specialist injury solicitor- in order to pursue legal action, and begin your foreign object in food claim for financial compensation, you should contact a specialist injury solicitor as soon as possible. MG Legal will offer you a free, no-obligation discussion with a solicitor to establish whether you have a potential claim, and will accept your claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
Stones in salad or vegetables causing a chipped tooth:
With salads and vegetables being grown in the ground and in the soil, there is always a degree of risk that you might find the remnants of this dirt or soil in the product that you buy from the supermarket. However, it is up to the food producer to take the necessary steps in preventing this from happening, and removing any stones or large objects from their food products and vegetables that might cause harm to the consumer.
If you have suffered from a chipped tooth after eating a salad because of a stone, or any other foreign object in the salad or among the vegetables, then you could be entitled to financial compensation.
These claims require the assistance of a specialist foreign object in food solicitor, such as MG Legal. To speak to a solicitor about your potential foreign object in food claim, simply contact us online here and hear back from us within one working hour.
Bones found in food foreign object claim:
Making a foreign object in food claim for finding bones in your food can be a very unique type of claim, and requires the help of a specialist solicitor with a lot of experience in making foreign object in food claims.
If you are looking to make a foreign object in food claim for bones in your food, you must meet the following requirements:
The food was labelled as boneless, or had no warning about potential bones in the product
The bones in your food directly caused you injury
If this is the case, you could be eligible to make a foreign object in food claim with our specialist solicitors today. Often, at some point during the food production process, animal bones might make their way into a non-animal product, or another product that they were not a part of.
When this happens, the consumer will not be expecting to encounter bones in their food, and is unlikely to take precaution in case they do. This means that they are likely to become injured when eating the food product containing bones, in one way or another.
Alternatively, foreign object in food claims can also be made for clients who have encountered, and been injured by, animal bones in a product that is labelled as boneless. This could be a sign of an issue in the food production process in that the bones are not removed properly from the product before being sold.
Either way, there is a good chance that the food supplier and production team have acted negligently in their not taking proper precautions to ensure that the bones are kept out of the food products, and that this could lead to a successful foreign object in food claim with a specialist solicitor.
How can food foreign object contamination personal injury be proven?
Unlike food poisoning, where the cause is generally invisible, foreign objects can generally be retrieved and kept for evidential purposes. If you are eating out, we strongly recommend taking a photograph of the item straight away. Further evidence can also be obtained in the form of hygiene records from the restaurant, supermarket or manufacturer and any history of similar complaints taken into account. The proving of contamination can be a potentially difficult process, however, MG Legal’s specialist food contamination solicitors are experts in what we do, and if there is a route to success in your case, we will find it.
How will we win your foreign object in food claim?
When you work with MG Legal, you can rest assured that your foreign object in food claim is being handled by a specialist solicitor with a large amount of experience in foreign object in food claims.
Every day, our injury solicitors hear from clients who have been injured by a foreign object in food, and we go above and beyond to achieve financial compensation on their behalf.
In doing so, our team are well versed in all of the relevant legislation that can be used to prove and argue foreign object in food claims, and know exactly when and how to use it to settle claims.
The acts of negligence covered under food safety regulations regarding foreign objects in food, include:
the business failing to have in place a proper quality control system and inspect their products before releasing them into the market
breaking section 14 of the Sale of Goods Act 1970 in failing to provide a product that is fit for purpose
allowing a faulty product to be sold to consumers
breaching the Consumer Protection Act 1987 in selling a defective product
These are just some of the negligent acts that our foreign object in food solicitors can use to prove your claim, and obtain your financial compensation. Our team have over 30 years of experience, and are well versed in all of the relevant legislation and case law, knowing exactly when and how to apply it to ensure that your claim is successful.
Claim up to £3,710 for your foreign object in food claim with MG Legal:
To begin your foreign object in food claim, simply get in touch with MG Legal by phone, email or web-contact form and we will make sure you speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor straight away. Our solicitors are experts in all types of foreign objects in food claims, and you could Claim up to £3,710 for your foreign object in food claim with MG Legal.
We have tailor-made claim forms for every type of case to keep paperwork to a minimum and to ensure that from the start, we have the information we need from you. We will have a clear, concise Client Care Letter sent out to you, setting out the claim and how we will run it so that you know exactly what to expect. We work hard for each client and because we work on a Conditional Fee (no win no fee) agreement, we ensure that every case that can be, is successful and our success rate of over 99% speaks for itself. Contact MG Legal, specialist food contamination personal injury solicitors today and we will get the ball rolling straight away.
How much does it cost to make a personal injury claim for a foreign object in my food?
When you work with MG Legal’s specialist personal injury solicitors, we will accept your injury claim for foreign objects in food on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. This allows you to go through the process of making your personal injury claim for financial compensation on an entirely risk-free basis, and with no up-front costs whatsoever. Simply contact us, here, about your potential NO WIN NO FEE claim, and if we accept your case, we will get to work on building your claim on the same working day.
What types of injuries can foreign objects in food cause?
Some of the foreign objects that have injured our clients include metal nails, bolts, stones, and glass. Some of the injuries caused by foreign objects in food can be serious. They can include:
Damage to internal organs (if a sharp foreign object is swallowed)
Cuts to the inside of the mouth, gums and throat
Dental damage including cracked, chipped or lost teeth, crowns or bridges
Whether you have some or all of the above symptoms or injuries, MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors will ensure your case is assessed by the correct medical expert.
How much compensation do you get for a foreign object in food?
No two claims are identical, with overall awards comprising two separate elements, General and Special Damages. Special Damages are financial losses, and are calculated based either on receipts or invoices or evidence of past income in the case of earnings. General Damages are paid by the negligent party to compensate you for the period of illness and subsequent recovery. General Damages are based on the content of an expert medical report compiled by a doctor, in these cases often a Gastroenterologist, or a dentist The JSB guidelines prescribes a range of awards:
Injury to the jaw: whilst it is unlikely you will sustain serious injury to the jaw, biting down on a foreign object can cause injury including dislocations. Even the most simple injuries to the jaw can result in an award of up to £8200.00
Damage to teeth: Including loss of or damage to two front teeth, awards can reach £7,160.00
Psychological injuries: Finding an unexpected foreign body in your food can make you anxious about eating again, awards for less severe psychological injuries can reach £5,500.00. Please note that the psycholgical damage, must be in conjunction with a physical foreign object related personal injury.
Minor injuries: Any other minor injuries, such as cuts, bruises and minor muscular injuries, which recover within three months, can reach awards of £2300.00
As you can see, even the least severe types of food foreign body contamination personal injury are still taken seriously when awards are made. The awards there are, of course, only for General Damages and so, your Special Damages, such as any medical expenses, or lost earnings, are added to the awards for your actual injury.