Food Glorious Food?
Unfortunately, over the years there have been food scares and in recent times shock waves have reverberated everywhere following the news that horse meat has been found in convenience food. Thankfully it would appear that this breach in health and safety has not caused any serious issue in terms of public health but the episode has underlined how vulnerable we all are and how much we rely upon the suppliers of food to protect us. There is no doubt our confidence in relation to the standard of our food has been knocked and there is an ever-present risk food can become contaminated in some way.
How worried about food poisoning should we be?
If you have been the victim of food poisoning through illness or injury caused by contaminated food then the consequences can be alarming and even potentially life-threatening. Your recovery may well include medical help and if you have suffered a loss of earnings as a result of the injury then this will be an additional loss to recover.
Leaving aside the problems associated with the supply of food and its integrity there is always the risk of suffering food poisoning as a consequence of poor hygiene and a failure to cook the food properly. Again we rely upon and expect businesses who supply us with food to carry out all appropriate health and safety checks to ensure we are not put at risk. Unfortunately, there are lapses and therefore giving rise to food poisoning claims.
Contamination of food can lead to a variety of symptoms some of which can be potentially life-threatening:
- Severe vomiting
- Vision trouble
- Breathing difficulties
- Extreme lethegy
- Trouble swallowing
- Abdominal pain
- Internal organ damage
There can also be problems associated with food becoming contaminated with foreign objects such as glass, metal fragments and bones as a consequence of inadequate production methods. These foreign objects can cause obstructions, dental damage and on occasions internal blockages.
We have a good deal of experience in helping clients to claim compensation for food poisoning and if you would like to discuss matters with us so that we can advise you what steps to take on a no-obligation basis we would be very pleased to hear from you.
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