Most E-Coli strains are harmless, some are even beneficial, producing the much needed vitamin K12, while limiting the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine. Despite these benefits, there are some strains that can cause serious illness, and even death. Salmonella is less serious, but when ingested, symptoms can develop between 12 and 72 hours later, which can be uncomfortable at best.
How Does it Happen?
Food poisoning usually occurs when you ingest unwashed vegetables, or undercooked food. Ideally, this shouldn’t happen, as chefs and culinary professionals should be following strict food hygiene procedures. Unfortunately, some are negligent in their duties, and contaminated food is served to the public.
Improper meat handling can see meat products contaminated with E-Coli bacteria, but this can be remedied through proper washing and cooking, which destroys the bacteria. Where these procedures are ignored, E-Coli is easily transferred by hand to other surfaces, foods, and utensils, which can quickly cause an epidemic. Similarly, Salmonella is destroyed through heat-treatment, and cooking, and it can be found in meat, and poultry, eggs (and egg-based products, seafood, unpasteurised milk, and untreated water.
What if I’ve Fallen Ill as a Result?
If you’ve fallen ill after eating contaminated food, or if you have suffered food poisoning due to another company’s negligence, you may be entitled to food poisoning compensation. The symptoms of food poisoning will be quite clear; victims often suffer from stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, and sometimes blood in the stool. For many people, the symptoms are mild enough that they do not report them; only 100,000 cases are recorded each year in the UK, although the total figure is thought to be in excess of 5.5 million.
If you are suffering from food poisoning you should seek medical help immediately, if you have not already. You should then speak to us, so that we can quickly begin an investigation. Food poisoning can be fatal, and where poisoning comes as a result of eating out, we can quickly find the source of contamination, preventing others from falling ill.
Whilst many cases are mild enough not to warrant medical intervention, the young, elderly, and immunosuppressed, are at greater risk.
Those who do contract food poisoning may suffer from:
- Gram-negative Pneumonia
- Haemolytic-uremic syndrome
- Neonatal meningitis.
- Urinary tract infections
Our Food Poisoning Compensation Experience
Our expert solicitors can assess your position quickly, determining whether or not you have a valid claim. If we find that a third party has been negligent in protecting you from food poisoning, we can investigate. We will meticulously examine every aspect of your situation, from assessing health and safety practices, to examining medical records. In doing this we can collect all the evidence required to build a compelling case.
As part of our investigation, we will assess the present impact on your health and your life, examining any possible long-term consequences whether physical, emotional or financial; so that we can assess any future needs or expenses. By working in this way we can work to acquire a compensation award that fairly reflects the damage and undue suffering that you have had to bear.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice and support. Our team of expert solicitors have a wealth of expertise, and knowledge, that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. For free, expert advice on pursuing a food poisoning claim, speak to us today.