Food Poisoning Claims
Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. About 5.5 million people in the UK suffer from food poisoning each year, although only a small number get medical advice. If you have suffered from food poisoning, you may be able to claim compensation through Claims Direct.
Causes and symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning happens when food or drink is contaminated with bacteria, parasites, viruses or sometimes even chemicals or pesticides. It is often hard to tell if food and drink are contaminated because the look, taste and smell may not be affected.
Food poisoning can be caused by not cooking or storing food properly or poor hygiene where food is being produced or prepared. Common causes of food poisoning include campylobacter, clostridia, E.Coli, listeria, salmonella and shigella. The most common symptoms of food poisoning are:
- Stomach cramps
In most cases of food poisoning, health problems last for only a few days. However, sometimes food poisoning can be more serious and long-lasting, particularly if the victim is very old or very young.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
If you’ve had food poisoning, it's essential you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You may be able to claim compensation against the manufacturer or the seller, and you should also speak to your local Environmental Health Department.
Claims Direct use specialist personal injury lawyers who have experience of dealing with food poisoning claims. As well as getting compensation for pain and suffering, you can also claim for time off work and the cost of medical treatment.
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