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Food poisoning compensation claims

One of the most common illnesses in the UK, food poisoning typically lasts from one to three days. Typical symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. For most people, the symptoms pass and they go on to make a complete recovery.

For some people such as the very young, the elderly or those with weaker immune systems, food poisoning can be a much more serious illness and have effects that last much longer that a few days. 

Food poisoning can also have a negative impact on events such as birthday parties, weddings and holidays, leaving multiple people feeling unwell as a result of a batch of food eaten by multiple people. Such incidents often lead to investigations by the Food Safety Agency (FSA) and/or Public Health bodies.

Michelle Victor, a partner in the product safety & consumer law department at Leigh Day, 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.

In addition to food poisoning claims, Michelle is also currently investigating a number of claims involving food allergies, such as where ingredients have not been declared. As with severe food poisoning claims these claims can involve prolonged periods of illness, long term impact on a person’s life and in rare occasions, fatalities.

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.


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 than 1,000 holiday makers staying at the Bahia Prince Hotel in the Dominican Republic suffered food poisoning caused by salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, shigella and giardia.

If you or a loved one have been unwell or suffered long term effects as a result of something you have eaten, you may be able to bring a claim if you can show it was due to the food you consumed.

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 1144.

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