Whether it’s an allergic reaction, whether food unfit for consumption, carbon monoxide or water contamination, many types of poisoning cause long-term health impacts to those affected by them. At Garratts, we have specialist personal injury solicitors with decades of experience in successfully supporting clients with their poisoning compensation claims. Our personal injury solicitors will provide you and your family with honest and transparent legal advice and practical support on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Common poisoning claim types
Our team of personal injury solicitors frequently handle the following types of poisoning claims.
Drink or food poisoning
One of the most commonly occurring types of poisoning is drink or food poisoning. Food retailers have a legal obligation to adhere to food safety standards. That means they have to declare any allergens and make sure any food or drink is safe for consumption.
However, some retailers may not adhere to these regulations. If you have suffered from an illness and suspect negligence of a third party food retailer following the consumption of food or drink whether, at a bar, restaurant, hotel, or takeaway, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
The NHS defines E. coli (or Escherichia coli) as ‘a type of bacteria common in human and animal intestines. [It] forms part of the normal gut flora. (...) Some types of E. coli can cause gastrointestinal infections.’ (NHS.uk). You can get infected with E. coli if you come into direct contact with animal or human faeces.
E. coli can have severe long-term health implications, especially if contracted by infants or smaller children. It can sometimes cause fatal complications to their growing brain, blood and kidney functions. If you were to go through such a case, we appreciate the stress and upset this would cause to your family and promise to treat your claim with the highest levels of confidentiality and professionalism.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Breathing in carbon monoxide in high levels can result in fatalities, but even ingesting a small amount of this poisonous gas can result in stomach pains, headaches, sickness and shortness of breath. Should you be exposed to higher levels, you may experience one or several of the following: chest pains, breathlessness, vertigo, loss of consciousness, seizures or reduced coordination.
At Garratts, we’ve handled numerous cases of carbon monoxide poisoning which can occur at home, abroad or at work. If you or a family member is experiencing illness because of this type of poisoning or has done in the past, we advise you to get in touch with us for a free consultation.
Less common, but serious if contracted is Legionnaire’s disease, which is a type of lung infection caused by people breathing in water droplets. These may come from humidifiers, hot tubs or air conditioning systems. The elderly, immunocompromised persons and smokers are at an increased risk of becoming infected. Speak to our team of legal experts if you are concerned about having fallen ill with Legionnaire’s disease.
How can I make a claim for an illness caused by poisoning?
You can start your claim by contacting our team of personal injury solicitors. You will receive a free initial consultation. Following on from this, we will review your case and update you on whether we think you will be able to claim compensation.
Rest assured that we will accrue all evidence required to support your claim and inform any liable third parties. Beyond this, we will arrange an independent medical examination report to help ensure the best possible outcome for your compensation claim. All negotiations will be by Garratts, and if required, we will represent you in court.