Today, food poisoning is a common occurrence for many of us. Even though in many cases this type of illness is not serious and many of us get better in a few days there are cases where pain and suffering is caused due to somebody else’s negligence.
- There are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens. This figure would more than double if it included food poisoning cases from unknown pathogens.
- Campylobacter was the most common foodborne pathogen, with about 280,000 cases every year.
- The next most common pathogen was Clostridium perfringens with 80,000 cases, and norovirus was third with an estimated 74,000 cases.
- Salmonella is the pathogen that causes the most hospital admissions – about 2,500 each year.
- Poultry meat was the food linked to the most cases of food poisoning, with an estimated 244,000 cases every year.
- After poultry, produce including vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, caused the second highest number of cases of illness (an estimated 48,000 cases), while beef and lamb were third (an estimated 43,000 cases).
Food poisoning can be caused in a number of ways but it is most likely down to poor hygiene or negligence of the people that have come into contact with your food. This could include, not washing their hands before preparing food, unhygienic kitchen tools being used on your food, mixing raw meats and cooked meats of chemical contamination.
You could have also incurred bacterial food poisoning which is caused by ingesting bacteria such as E.coli or Salmonella.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms of food poisoning normally begin within on to two days of eating contaminated food however they can start within a couple of hours up to several weeks later.
- Feeling Sick (Nausea)
- Diarrhea, which may contain blood or mucus
- Lack of energy & weakness
- High temperature (fever)
- Aching muscles
Making a Food Poisoning Claim
Here at CM Solicitors we work on a No Win, No Fee basis within our claims department so there is no charge to yourself for seeking compensation.
If you would like to contact us to see if you are eligible for a claim, you may find it helpful to have the details of your food poisoning handy for example, the name and address of the place you feel made you ill, any receipts and when you incurred food poisoning.
It is important to note that when you do seek compensation for Food Poisoning, any businesses involved are made aware immediately meaning that they are informed that they may have unsafe environment which could result in them taking action to avoid causing the same issue again, ultimately stopping somebody else from suffering.
If you would like to talk to someone about bringing a claim against a restaurant or other organisation for compensation after contracting poisoning from negligently prepared food then please call Michael Shaw on 0800 1 444 111 or email him at email@example.com . Alternatively you can use the enquiry form situated at the side or at the foot of this page.