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Food poisoning compensation claims

Food poisoning is a common illness that usually lasts from one to three days. Typical symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.  The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health published statistics in October 2010 showing that there were nearly 75,000 cases of food poisoning in 2009, including some 9,000 cases of salmonella poisoning.  A bout of food poisoning will not lead to a claim for compensation for most people who will suffer unpleasant symptoms for a day or two before making a complete recovery.  However, food poisoning can be extremely dangerous and even fatal for the very young, elderly or for people whose immunity is compromised.  If you or a member of your family has suffered from food poisoning whilst on holiday abroad, on a cruise ship holiday, after eating at a restaurant in the UK, because you have eaten undercooked meat such as a burger at an event or have contracted food contaminated with bacteria, parasites, viruses or chemicals, including pesticides, in other ways you may be entitled to bring a food poisoning claim for compensation.  

The most common types of bacterial poisoning are botulism, E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter, and food poisoning claims lawyers at Leigh Day have extensive experience in successfully concluding claims for compensation of behalf of clients who have contracted these and other types  of food poisoning.   

Partner Sean Humber has considerable experience with dealing with food poisoning claims for compensation by those affected by food poisoning and is the legal advisor of the Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome Help - U.K. E.Coli Support Group (HUSH).

HUSH is a charitable organisation set up by families whose members have suffered illnesses caused by E coli 0157 infections.  The organisation is supported by members of the medical, microbiological, public health and legal professions. HUSH’s aims include supporting those affected by the infection, increasing awareness amongst the public and medical profession of the health problems caused by the infection and to encourage the Government to take steps to decrease the numbers affected.

Michelle Victor has extensive specialist experience in food poisoning claims and has successfully pursued legal action against tour operators Thomson Holidays, where over 1,000 holiday makers staying at the 4* Bahia Prince Hotel in the Dominion Republic, suffered food poisoning brought on by salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, shigella and giardia.

Michelle also represented over 120 people in what is believed to be one of the UK's largest outbreaks of food poisoning and pursued legal action against A1 Kebabish.

Leigh Day and food poisoning claims

Examples of successful work undertaken by our lawyers in this area include:

  • Representing a client who contracted Salmonella Montevideo after consuming a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate
  • Successfully claiming compensation on behalf of more than 120 people in what is believed to be one of the UKs largest outbreaks of food poisoning;
  • Successfully pursuing legal action against Thompson Holidays where more than1,000 holiday makers staying at the Bahia Prince Hotel in the Dominion Republic suffered food poisoning caused by salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, shigella and giardia.

There is a time limit on bringing a personal injury claim for compensation in the UK of three years.  If you would like to speak to a specialist food poisoning claims lawyer for a free initial consultation please contact solicitor Michelle Victor on 020 7650 1200.

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