Food Poisoning Claims
Food poisoning is a painful and debilitating illness, and in the UK every year nearly five million of us suffer from it. 500,000 of those are very serious cases which require hospital treatment. With symptoms varying from diarrhoea and sickness to fever, nausea and fatigue, food poisoning is a very common complaint, and in almost every single case, completely preventable. Unfortunately we often end up having to trust the people who make, prepare, cook or package our food, and in some cases this trust is misplaced, which is when it is important to consider making a case for food poisoning compensation.
Food poisoning claims are different from many other types of compensation claim, and for two reasons. The first reason is that very often there will be more than one person affected. If you eat at a restaurant and contract food poisoning the chances are high that a large number of other guests will be similarly affected. The same is true if you purchase contaminated food from a shop, or ate at a takeaway.
The second major difference is that food poisoning claims require expert evidence and analysis. If you suffer from food poisoning the evidence may be hard to trace, with health inspectors visiting the premises to carry out tests to confirm the presence of bacteria or to identify breaches in protocol where food preparation is concerned.
In any claim for compensation regarding food poisoning this independent expert evidence, along with medical evidence, will be essential to ensuring a successful outcome.
How To Claim Food Poisoning Compensation
If you suspect that you are suffering from food poisoning then it will be important to do two things as soon as possible. The first thing to do will be to contact your doctor. Not only does this mean you’ll be getting the medical treatment you need, but it will also lay down the medical evidence which will be required later.
The second thing to do will be to contact a specialist so that we can make sure that the proper wheels have been set in motion. In many cases your doctor will inform the health department who will carry out an inspection of the premises, but as specialists we can verify whether this has been done, and if not, ensure that the local health department is informed as quickly as possible so that the right evidence can be obtained quickly. It is at this stage that any other affected people may be contacted, and the claim for compensation may become a group claim. This often means that the success of a claim is significantly more likely, and in many cases the compensation awarded is high.
Food poisoning claims for compensation are divided into two parts, with the first amount awarded to cover the discomfort and suffering which you have undergone, and the second to cover expenses such as medical bills and loss of earnings, These two amounts are added together to form your total compensation award.
Because we work on a no win no fee basis we will not take our fees from your compensation, nor will we charge you a single penny, regardless of the success of your case. If your case is successful then we claim our costs from the other side.
If you have suffered from food poisoning anywhere across the Manchester region then talk to us today to claim the compensation you deserve.