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Question: After eating a takeaway from a local takeaway company, I fell ill with salmonella. How do I make a compensation claim for food poisoning?

Answer : If it can be shown that the takeaway company was responsible for your food poisoning, you will be able to make a compensation claim. However, food poisoning compensation claims can be very complicated, so you should speak with Clearwater Solicitors as soon as possible. Call us on 08000 430 430 or fill in our online enquiry form to find out how we could help you.

You should visit the doctor the moment you begin to feel like you are suffering from salmonella. Trying to treat the condition yourself could be seen as a ‘failure to mitigate damages’ in your takeaway food poisoning compensation claim and could see the size of your claim decrease as a result. The doctor may be able to help you determine whether or not your salmonella was caused by the takeaway and give you the conclusive diagnosis you need to claim compensation.

It is also a good idea to contact the Environmental Health Department to tell them that you believe you may have developed food poisoning from a takeaway. They may decide to investigate the takeaway and look into their food preparation and storage techniques, and the results of these investigations could support your compensation claim.

The takeaway should have public liability insurance, which will deal with your compensation claim. These insurers may contact you to offer compensation, and while you might be tempted to accept this initial offer, you should speak to personal injury solicitors before you do, as this settlement may not be a fair representation of the value of your compensation claim.

Speak to Clearwater Solicitors at the earliest possible opportunity so we can start gathering information about your claim and give you the legal assistance you need to succeed in your case. Talk to our experts today for free, confidential, no-obligation advice. Just dial 08000 430 430 or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back.

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