How do you claim if you have been the victim of Food Poisoning at your local takeaway or fast food outlet?
How Common is This Type of Claim?
The recent appalling case of the Nottingham Fast Food Owner who poisoned over 140 customers is not common.
In the Nottingham case the reason for the outbreak was simple- the workers were not provided with enough hand washing facilities. As a result there case contamination from dirty hands leading to catastrophic results.
Thankfully outbreaks of this size like this are relatively rare – but the risk factors within fast food outlets remain the same- and there are many more less well reported claims on a daily basis.
What are the Main Issues and Cause of Food Poisoning
There is clue in the title as to the main reason why such claims are so common. The food is prepared fast- therefore there are more possibilities of the food either being undercooked or alternatively not properly defrosted. In addition staff often work in cramped conditions with poor sanitation and washing conditions.
How Difficult is It to bring such a Claim Successfully?
Such claims are difficult because it is often a problem to prove conclusively that the food poisoning that you are suffering is caused by the fast food outlet and not from any other source. Getting evidence together as soon as possible after the problem has occurred is absolutely critical.
What Should I do If I have Suffered from Fast Food Or Takeaway Poisoning?
The important thing is to act fast. You should
- See your GP as soon as Possible
- Make a Complaint to the Outlet ensuring it is put into their Incident/Accident Book
- Get names and addresses of anybody who was with you at the outlet who may have seen you becoming ill afterwards
- If you are able to please keep the food which you believe caused the problem
- Get Legal Advice as soon as possible afterwards
Your Solicitor should be able to assist in getting the necessary evidence together and contact the outlet to bring the claim and get the necessary medical evidence.
Claims against food outlets are not easy to bring- but the quicker you contact your Solicitor to get legal help the greater the chance of the claim being ultimately successful.