How much is my food poisoning claim worth?
Depending on how seriously you have been affected, your claim could be worth several thousands of pounds. Find out how much your claim might be worth with our 30-second claims calculator or call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
When can claims direct help me?
Due to the complex nature of proving the source of food poisoning we can only take cases on where you have been made ill in the UK and where you have been ill for 2 or more weeks due to food poisoning. If you think you fit this description get in touch and one of our friendly advisors will help you with your claim. We can also help with any severe cases of allergic reaction where someone else may have been negligent.
Will I have to pay to claim for food poisoning or an allergic reaction to food?
We offer No Win No Fee injury compensation claims to around 98% of our customers, because we believe in justice for all. So you won't have to pay us so much as a penny up front, as we will only get a fee when we win you rightful compensation. This means you can never be left out of pocket by making a claim for illness caused by food poisoning.
Will I have to go to court for a food poisoning compensation claim?
In most cases of food poisoning cases, your Claims Direct lawyer will deal directly with the ‘at fault' party's solicitors or insurers, without your case ever getting near a courtroom. Sometimes however in more complex cases of food poisoning or allergic reaction to food, your case may go to court. In that case your lawyer will be by your side at all times to advise and help you through the process.
Will I need a medical?
This will vary on a case by case basis, but it is key that you visit your GP and record all your symptoms. These could potentially start to occur as early as a few seconds after eating contaminated food, especially in the case of an allergic reaction.
The most common symptoms of food poisoning are:
- Feeling sick
- Painful stomach cramps
- Elevated temperature (over 38C/100.4F)
- Feeling unwell, fatigue, tiredness and chills
The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction to food are:
- Itching mouth or a tingling sensation (can also happen in the throat or ears).
- Hives (also known as urticaria)
- Itching and eczema
- Swelling usually occurs in the lips, face, tongue and throat, however it can occur in other parts of the body.
- Trouble breathing
- Vomiting, feeling sick and diarrhea
- Dizzy spells or fainting
- Abdominal pain
If you do need a medical evaluation this will all be organised for you, but any evidence you can keep hold of may be helpful; for example photos of unsanitary conditions, pictures of food and receipts will all be helpful.
What sort of things can I claim compensation for?
If you have suffered from food poisoning or an allergic reaction to food, you may be entitled to claim for all of these things, depending on the seriousness of your illness, and long-term outlook:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of future income
- Medical expenses
Many people treat the occasional illness like this as an unfortunate fact of life, and simply put it down to experience. But allergic reactions to food for example can be very serious and even life threatening, so you should speak to us at once if you think that it has been caused due to someone else's negligence.
How do I prove who is to blame for my food poisoning or allergic reaction to food?
Food poisoning can sometimes be hard to prove, so if you believe the illness is serious you should contact us as soon as possible. There are a few obvious places where you may contract food poisoning:
- Restaurants, bars and pubs where food hygiene guidelines have not been followed.
- Supermarkets and food retailers where items have been labelled incorrectly
- Caterers or pop up food stalls where refrigeration may have been inadequate.
Ensure you visit your GP as soon as possible and keep track of any evidence that may relate to the case.
Proving your case – and getting the compensation you deserve – is always easier when you have an expert lawyer on your side. So if you have become unwell due to food poisoning or if you have suffered a serious allergic reaction to food, talk to one of our friendly advisors now on 0800 175 7900.