Guest Post: What to do if you’ve suffered food poisoning

Eating out isn’t always the experience we hoped it would be. Whilst problems with service can be rectified with a complaint and lack of tip, if you start to feel ill after a dinner out; things can be a little more complicated.

Whilst personal injury compensation is actually available if you have suffered food poisoning after eating out, it can often be quite difficult to prove. If you’ve been suffering from the food you ate last night, a compensation claim is possible; just make sure you do the following.
Personal injury claims for food poisoning

If you believe you have suffered food poisoning from food you have been served in a restaurant, you should contact personal injury solicitors with experience in this area of the law. In most instances they will represent you on a no win no fee basis, so if you think you may have a claim it’s always worthwhile to ask the question.

In a lot of instances of food poisoning claims, in order for it to be successful, a number of customers in the same establishment will have to have suffered the same or similar symptoms. An investigation into the restaurant may need to be carried out by environmental health who will determine the existence of bacteria in the food or in the kitchens. Report the matter to the establishment where you have eaten and ask if they have had any other complaints.

In relation to your individual claim, your personal injury solicitors will arrange for you to see a gastric expert who will be able to understand the exact nature of the food poisoning and illness you have suffered. They can make an analysis of the bacteria involved, the treatment that may be required and the potential long term effects.

Different types of food poisoning
The most common types of food poisoning include the following bacteria:
E coli bacteria – in most instances this is a harmless bacteria, but certain types can develop a poison which causes stomach pains and illness if ingested

Campylobacter – the most common type of bacteria which can cause food poisoning; it’s often found in poultry (especially chicken), red meat, untreated water and unpasteurised milk
Salmonella – this is also a very common bacteria causing food poisoning; it’s found in meat, poultry, eggs and unpasteurised milk
Other common bacteria in food poisoning claims include those found in uncooked rice (Bacillus cereus), unwashed food (Clostridium perfringens) and certain cheese (Listeria monocytogenes bacteria).

What symptoms should I look out for?

Common symptoms of food poisoning include:
Diarrhoea
Nausea
Vomiting
Abdominal pain
Cramps

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