Making a Food Poisoning Claim with Winns

Making a food poisoning claim can be vital to helping you deal with a distressing situation. If you have suffered illness due to food poisoning, it can lead to debilitating symptoms and extreme discomfort, even forcing you to miss work as the symptoms usually last up to two weeks.

A food poisoning compensation claim will help you get the help, advice, and settlement that you deserve in an unpleasant situation, helping you get back to normal life with fair compensation for your period of illness.

Starting your food poisoning compensation claim – the basics

If you have been ill after eating or drinking at a restaurant, shop, supermarket, or pop up stall in the UK, then you have a good chance at making a food poisoning compensation claim.

Unlike other claims, you do not necessarily need to prove negligence on behalf of the provider, only that the food was not safe, and that it made you ill.

The most common side effects of food poisoning include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • High Temperature (over 38C)
  • A general feeling of fatigue, chills, or tiredness
  • Stomach cramps

Another possible condition is an allergic reaction, which can be even more severe depending on individual tolerances. While some will experience itching and swelling, more extreme reactions can lead to trouble breathing, and even life-threatening anaphylactic shock, which you can read more about on the NHS website, here.

To make a food poisoning claim, call or use LiveChat to get in touch with Winns today.

Is there a time limit to make a food poisoning claim?

If you are making a claim on your own behalf then you have to do so within three years of the incident, otherwise your claim will be time-barred and will not proceed.

If you are claiming on behalf of a child, then you have until they are 18 to do so, at which point the claim will be subject to the same three-year rule. If you are making a claim for a loved one who has since died as a result of the food poisoning, then you have three years from the date of their death to seek a settlement.

To find out more about making a food poisoning compensation claim, call or use LiveChat to talk to Winns today.

The most common food poisoning conditions that you can claim for

Food poisoning is not one specific condition, rather it is a catch-all term used to describe a range of illnesses.

The most commonly contracted forms of food poisoning include:

  • Salmonella
  • E. coli
  • Giardia
  • Norovirus
  • Rotavirus

Food poisoning occurs when foodstuffs are contaminated with germs from outside sources. Using expired food is a major cause of food poisoning, as is leaving food out of a fridge or freezer for too long, or failing to cook or defrost food thoroughly. Handling food with unwashed hands or while suffering with an existing illness also increases the risk of food poisoning for anyone who eats it.

You can find out more about food poisoning, and what action you can take if you contract it via the consumer group, Which?

If you have been a victim of food poisoning, contact Winns today.

What our clients say about Winns

Thanks to the tireless work of our dedicated claims handlers and solicitors, Winns has been awarded an 'Excellent' rating on Trustpilot, the independent consumer review site.

Below are just a few of the testimonials that we have received from clients recently:

Winn Solicitors have guided me through every step of this claim with patience and courtesy. I am very pleased with their service.

Paul Sandham

Clear and patient explanation of process, important as not originally clear on how claim procedure worked.

Mr S J Payne

I was put at ease straight away, very professional and treated me with a very caring attitude, 1st class.


Why make a food poisoning claim with Winns?

Making compensation claims can be stressful, but, at Winns, we want to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Once you've told our claim handling team the details of your claim, they will take care of everything. We've got decades worth of experience in dealing with all kinds of personal injury claims, and it's that knowledge and understanding that we will bring to your case.

That means answering any burning questions that you have, arranging appropriate medical treatment, and keeping you up to date on the progress of your food poisoning claim. Once a settlement is submitted, we will seek your approval to accept it. It's that straightforward.

Lynsey handled my call very well. I was made to feel at ease the whole time, especially when I was confused as to what was asked of me, even though it was explained thoroughly. She was very nice and calm and I appreciate her patience with me. She also explained what Winns do and who they are, I had a few queries which were cleared up very quickly and simply.

Miss C. Snape

Only just at the start of the process with Winn solicitors and already there is so much progress made! Lewis has been looking after me and has been fantastic, very professional and has helped me thoroughly and answered any questions I have had…


Making a food poisoning compensation claim – FAQsCan I sue if I get food poisoning?

If you have been made ill after paying for food or drink, then, yes, you can launch a claim for compensation. A settlement will take into account factors such as the seriousness of the illness, loss of earnings, and other expenses incurred as a result of eating or drinking unsafe food.

Can you sue a company for salmonella poisoning?

Salmonella is a form of food poisoning, and if you contract it, then you can launch a bid for a settlement. If a company provides food through a canteen service, then you can claim against them on the basis that they have failed in their duty of care to you.

What can I do if I get food poisoning from a restaurant?

Make a note of the exact circumstances that lead to the poisoning, including what you ordered or any allergies, and if anyone else was sick. Asking friends and family for witness statements can help your case. If you have concerns about the sanitary standards of the place you ate, you can get in touch with the Food Standards Agency. The next step is to speak to Winns.

Couldn't be happier with the service I received, pleasant phone call, quick response made making a claim very easy took all the worries out of a stressful situation.

John Bulmer

Absolutely fantastic so pleased I decided to contact Winns. They have done everything hassle free [and] explained anything I was unsure about. Thank you, would most definitely recommend.

Leanne Crawford

To start your claim for food poisoning, call or use LiveChat to contact Winns today.

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