Have you fallen sick after dining out? Have you ever found a foreign object in packaged food you bought at the supermarket? These problems can lead to food poisoning or serious injury to the mouth, and they are more common than you might think. You could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you are injured or taken ill due to contaminated food.
At Graham Coffey & Co, we provide specialist personal injury services to those who have suffered injury or illness due to defective products, including claims arising from food poisoning, contaminated food and food recalls.
No matter how minor the incident, we can help you determine whether you have a viable claim. It costs nothing to speak with our solicitors about your incident. Contact us to learn more.
Symptoms and Causes of Food Poisoning and Contaminated Food
Restaurants, fast food chains, supermarkets and other food outlets must ensure food is of good quality and stored safely, prepared in a hygienic environment and cooked correctly. When they do not, customers can experience:
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Stomach cramps
- Longer-term illnesses or problems with digestion
- Broken teeth
- Cuts to the mouth due to foreign objects in food
Many food poisoning cases are caused by undercooking — which is especially dangerous with poultry or seafood products — poor kitchen hygiene, using out-of-date food or food whose packaging has been contaminated. Occasionally poisoning can also arise out of the use of contaminated water. Improperly packaged or manufactured food can also contain bones or small fragments of metal or glass which may be accidentally consumed.
Often symptoms of food poisoning do not appear right away, which can make it difficult to determine the cause. Our Manchester injury solicitors who specialise in contaminated food claims will act quickly to investigate the circumstances that led to your illness. We will then guide you through the entire process to recover compensation in an efficient manner.
Contaminated Food Case Studies
A woman who choked on a chicken bone found in her food purchased at a fast food outlet and a man who chipped his teeth on a metal fragment found in his hamburger are two examples of food related injury.
Food manufacturers, in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency, occasionally initiate product recalls due to suspected contamination or improper packaging. Unfortunately, sometimes these recalls come too late to prevent illness. If you have been the victim of a food product that was recalled, we can help you obtain compensation from liable parties for your injuries or illness.