Category: Food Poisoning Compensation

Food poisoning compensation claims in Ireland are often complicated by the nature of the illness and having to prove that you suffered a food poisoning injury due to somebody else´s negligence. As it is important to act quickly when making a claim for food poisoning compensation in order to preserve evidence of negligence, it is in your best interests to speak with a solicitor at the first possible opportunity. Therefore, if you have sustained a food poisoning injury due to something you have eaten in a restaurant or purchased in a shop, you are invited to call our freephone Solicitors Advisory Bureau and discuss your eligibility to claim food poisoning compensation directly with an experienced solicitor.

Injury Claims for Hepatitis A Compensation Likely after another Frozen Berry Alert

The prospect of more injury claims for hepatitis A compensation has increased after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued another safety alert over imported frozen berries.

Last summer, the FSAI warned consumers to boil imported frozen berries for more than a minute before eating them, after the berries were found to be a common denominator in a number of cases in which patients had been diagnosed with the hepatitis A virus.

In the past twelve months, 1,440 cases of unexplained Hepatitis A have been reported across Europe, with 331 cases (21 cases in Ireland) confirmed as being attributable to imported frozen berries, and the FSAI has once again issued the warning for consumers to boil frozen fruit before using it to destroy the virus if it is present.

The FSAI was quick to comment that there is no risk of the illness from fresh berries or frozen berries that originate from Ireland, but Professor Alan Reilly – chief executive of the FSAI – recommended that all fruits should be washed before eating them.

Professor Reilly also warned consumers of the threat of illness from mass-produced food products manufactured for the catering industry. He said that catering companies should source any berries they use in their food products from reputable suppliers with food safety management systems in place.

The new alert increases the likelihood of fresh injury claims for hepatitis A compensation. Claims for compensation for hepatitis A from imported frozen berries can be made against any store, supermarket or food outlet which has sold contaminated food provided that an injury has occurred as a result.

The problem for retailers is that symptoms of hepatitis A can remain undetected for a period of up to fifty days. Consequently, a retailer may have sold a packet of imported frozen berries long before the new alert was issued by the FSAI, and still be the liable party in injury claims for hepatitis A compensation.

A different problem for potential plaintiffs exists if they have not retained the receipt from their purchase to prove that the contaminated berries were purchased from a specific retailer. Proof of purchase is not always necessary in order for injury claims for Hepatitis A compensation to be successful, and if you have been diagnosed with a hepatitis A illness which you suspect may have originated from eating imported frozen berries, it is advisable to speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible moment.

Food Poisoning Compensation Claims Could Follow Watermelon Scare in Ireland

People sustaining food poisoning from contaminated watermelons could be entitled to make salmonella compensation claims following the news that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland are investigating four cases of illness which are believed to be attributable to imported fruit from Brazil.

One person is known to have died in England after eating a watermelon slice containing “Salmonella Newport”, with scores more food poisoning cases being investigated throughout the Europe. Typically, illnesses have commenced within three days of consuming a pre-packed slice of watermelon and symptoms of the illness including vomiting, abdominal pains, fever and diarrhoea last for four to seven days.

The advice issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to completely wash all fruit and vegetables before consuming them and, should the symptoms of food poisoning commence, seek medical attention immediately. Quick treatment with antibiotics will reduce the effect of the salmonella food poisoning and ensure a quicker recovery from the illness.

People who are found to be suffering from food poisoning attributable to watermelon slices are urged to get claims advice from a solicitor before making salmonella compensation claims directly to the Injuries Board. Inasmuch as the respondent in your claim is likely to be the retail outlet from where the poisoned watermelon was purchased, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland may establish a different negligent party in the course of their investigation.