Having a meal prepared for you is supposed to be a treat, but if the chef or the catering establishment fail to take proper precautions then you could end up being left with horrendous food poisoning.
Common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Most people are forced to take time off of work, and they may have to alter their plans as a result of the incident. Large scale incidents, such as a mass poisoning at a wedding, can completely ruin an event, and can even cause a breakdown of relations between guests and hosts.
Although most food poisoning is over within a week, some people experience lasting symptoms as a result of their initial illness. In rare cases, food poisoning can also lead to multiple organ failure, brain damage or even death. Proper food hygiene is therefore essential for all catering establishments.
If you have experienced food poisoning which was not your fault, then you may be eligible to make a food poisoning claim. Here are a few examples of food poisoning claims which have been made in the past.
There have been cases of entire wedding parties being struck down by food poisoning after consuming food which contained harmful bacteria. As well as claiming back the cost of the catering and any medical costs that were incurred as a result of the incident, the bride and groom may be able to make additional claims.
Previous claimants have been able to get compensation for the emotional distress that they experienced from having their big day ruined, or compensation for any part of their wedding booking that they were unable to take advantage of because of their illness. Many couples are even forced to cancel their honeymoon because they are not well enough to be able to attend. Talk to your claims advisor about your experiences and they will be able to advise you about what could be covered as part of your claim.
If you have food allergies, it is very important that you know exactly what is in certain food items. If an item has been mislabelled, and it actually contains an ingredient that you are allergic too, then it is possible that it will poison you, even if it is not poisonous to other people. If you suffer an allergic reaction to a food that you have been told is free from your allergens, then you may be able to make a claim.
Spoilt Food from Supermarkets
If you purchase a food from a supermarket and that food has already passed its use-by date, then there is a strong chance that this food may not be safe to eat. If you still have the packaging from a food that you bought, it will help to prove that you bought it after the use-by date, because it is possible to track most purchases.
Takeaways are often amongst the worst culprits in terms of food poisoning risks. Because takeaways strive to turn customers around quickly, they may not cook food thoroughly enough, or they may leave things sitting out for too long. Other takeaways may fail to meet hygiene standards, as they do not keep surfaces and cooking implements clean enough.
If you suffer food poisoning from a takeaway, you should report it to the environmental health department in your area as soon as possible, as this can prevent other people from suffering in the same way that you have.
Food Poisoning whilst on Holiday
Food poisoning at all-inclusive resorts can spread like wildfire. Whilst foreign destinations may not have the same hygiene standards as the United Kingdom, British tour operators have a duty of care to holidaymakers abroad who are using their services. This means that if you experience food poisoning whilst eating at a restaurant at your holiday resort, then they may be liable to pay compensation for your medical costs, as well as costs which are associated with the loss of your holiday to illness.