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How and when food poisoning victims should make a claim; Advertising Feature Maxwell Hodge Graham Stonehouse, lawyer at Maxwell Hodge, discusses a recent rise in food poisoning claims.

Byline: Graham Stonehouse

WE have a seen a jump in the number of claims related to food poisoning in Knowsley, in recent weeks, with victims reporting everything from fever to diarrhoea and vomiting. It's unusual to see so many claims for food poisoning because people don't actually realise they can make a claim, however, it is classed as a personal injury and, as a result, victims do have a legal right to compensation.

The issue of food poisoning is also something very common, with more than 5.5 million people in the UK becoming victims each year, according to the Food Standards Agency.

For people who feel that they have been affected in any food poisoning case, and who want to pursue legal action, the first thing they should do is, of course, to seek medical attention.

They should then see if they have retained any of the food substance so that this can be tested for contamination.

Whether they then seek the advice of a lawyer is all down to how bad the food poisoning has been and how it has affected them.

If they have suffered for up to several days before recovering, they may have a case, but any compensation would be small and they would need to pursue any such claim personally through the Small Claims Court.

However, in extreme circumstances, food poisoning can cause serious issues, from damage to the nervous systems to, in some cases, death.

If anyone has been ill for a couple of weeks or longer, or has required hospital admission, then I would advise that they utilise the services of a lawyer. They can look at the individual cases and, potentially, take the claims forward to pursue a higher compensation award.

For anyone who feels they've been affected and need legal advice contact Maxwell Hodge on 0151 548 7370 or visit the website at www.maxwellhodge.co.uk for information.

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Date:Aug 7, 2014
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