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Food Poisoning Claims

Eating out is one of life’s pleasures. As is buying food on-the-go. After all, there’s not always enough time in the day to cook. But if you fall ill with food poisoning and think a food or drink retailer or producer was to blame, it’s important to follow this up for health and safety reasons and to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Here at Satchell Moran Solicitors, our leading food poisoning claim solicitors will support you through the claims process and keep you informed every step of the way.

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What Sort of Food Poisoning Can I Claim For?

Food poisoning can be very unpleasant causing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, dehydration, stomach cramps, stomach upsets and more. While most symptoms usually clear up pretty fast – often in two to three days –, some can linger causing dehydration, serious injury and even hospitalisation. Food poisoning takes on many different forms in the UK and if your illness is caused by a viral, bacterial or parasitic condition, you might have grounds to make a food poisoning compensation claim.

Two of the most common types of food poisoning result from:

✔ Salmonella

Salmonella bacteria is found in meat and poultry, eggs, seafood, milk and untreated water. It can have life-altering effects causing lasting bowel problems and joint pain. It can also recur, particular in the elderly.

✔ E.Coli

E.Coli is typically found in meat, vegetables and fruit. It can be prevented by ensuring ingredients are washed before cooking and thoroughly heated. Kitchen staff must also wash their hands regularly to prevent E-Coli contamination across food preparation areas. E-Coli tends to cause stomach pain, stomach upset and fever.

Other conditions that can lead to food poisoning include Shigella, Giardia, Norovirus, Rotavirus, Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium. Usually you don’t have to prove negligence in order for your compensation claim to be successful. You just need to show that the food you consumed was unsafe and that that unsafe food made you sick.

What Are the Main Causes of Food Poisoning?

Many kitchen malpractices can lead to food poisoning including unacceptable levels of hygiene. Common causes of sickness include:

✔ Staff not washing their hands when preparing food

✔ Dirty kitchen tools

✔ Mixing raw and cooked meat

✔ Preparing food in an unsanitary environment that isn’t regularly deep cleaned

✔ Chemical contamination of food

If any of the above caused your bout of food poisoning, the establishment failed to follow the food safety rules in The Consumer Protection Act 1987 and were therefore negligent. This will strengthen your claim significantly.

How Can I Make My Food Poisoning Claim Strong?

If you believe you got food poisoning from a particular restaurant or establishment, you can make your case stronger by gathering as much evidence as possible. We can then use this to your advantage to get the correct amount of compensation. Steps to follow include:

✔ Keeping suspected food in its packaging if you still have it

✔ Preserving food by sealing it in polythene and freezing it

✔ Writing a list of everything you ate in the past 24-hours. A food establishment might try to claim you ate elsewhere or caused food poisoning yourself through unsafe home cooking, so it’s important to have the details clear in your head.

✔ Keep all relevant receipts for the food purchased as this will help prove where you ate on a particular date. This can then be easily linked to your illness.

✔ Seek medical assistance urgently. A hospital trip is good evidence that you were feeling unwell. You should also keep all reports from your gastroenterologist as these will identify the seriousness of your food poisoning episode.

✔ Inform your local Environmental Health Department. They may then carry out an inspection of the premises which could positively impact your case if dangerous food or kitchen practices are detected. Your desire to inform the authorities also helps to indicate the serious nature of your case.

✔ Collect names and contact details of witnesses.

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Why Choose Satchell Moran Solicitors?

Food poisoning cases are complex and require a specialist team. Here at Satchell Moran Solicitors, we have an expert team on hand to guide you through the claims process from start to finish. We handle each case on a unique basis and operate on no win, no fee terms. This means that if your case isn’t successful, you won’t have to pay the solicitor fee. We also understand that you might still be feeling unwell or fragile when you contact us and so we’ll be sure to offer the best help and support we can during such a difficult time.

Get in touch with our solicitors in Liverpool today and let us guide you through your food poisoning claim.