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.

Catering Company Sued after Woman Dies from Salmonella

A legal action for compensation against a catering company has been filed by six people at the High court in relation to the death of a woman who consumed contaminated food at a child’s First Holy Communion  party.

The civil claims were submitted in relation to the death of Swords native 55-year-old Sandra O’Brien who  died following an illness caused by food that she ate at her grand niece’s communion party in May 2017. Sadly, Mrs O’Brien passed away just over a week after contracting a rare form of salmonella. The salmonella was caused by cold sliced turkey at the party .

In total, the court was informed, over 70 individuals became ill following similar parties throughout the same region of north Dublin over a two-day period in 2017. At the party Mrs O’Brien attended Flanreil Ltd was the catering company providing the food service. This is a service operated from O’Dwyers pub on Strand Road in Portmarnock and has registered directors Rory Reilly from Mornington in Co Meath, and Ciaran Flanagan from Stamullen in Co Meath.

Previously these company directors were convicted and issued with fines totalling €18,400. at the District Court in relation to breaches of food safety regulations. However, court records now show that papers were submitted to the High Court on March 20, 2020 with six claims for compensation against Flanreil and another catering company called RR Links Ltd. Mr Reilly and Flanagan are also listed as directors of RR Links.

Since the incident Flanreil Ltd has ceases trading but the directors have re-established it under a new name. Flanreil was They dissolved Flanreil on June 5, 2019 before the directors started another catering company, Ukrasurm, which is being operated and register to O’Dwyer’s pub – the same location that Flanreil was operated from. The new entity has been registered as as a catering and food preparation solution, restaurant, and other services.

It has also been discovered that Reilly and Flanagan are directors of two event catering companies, RR Links Ltd and CF Links Ltd. They are RR Links Ltd, which is a joint respondent in the civil claims, and CF Links Ltd, which were set up in December, 2015.

Mrs. O’Brien’s husband and son are two of the six individuals that have filed the compensation claims. As of yet a court hearing has not been scheduled. 

At the official inquest into Mrs O’Brien’s death Dublin’s Coroner’s Court was informed that she had been an energetic mother-of-one who passed away after experiencing food poisoning as a result of consuming contaminated cold cooked turkey. At the hearing her husband Michael told those present that his wife was an experienced marathon runner.

Michael O’Brien told the hearing that on May 13, 2017, they were celebrating at their grandniece’s Communion party when his wife consumed some of the cold meat that was at the party. Two days later, on May 15, she began feeling unwell and, tragically, she passed away on May 21, 2017. He described the shock he experienced following her death in what a pathologist referred to as a “very rare event”.

The cause of Mrs O’Brien’s death, Dublin Coroner’s Court was told, was acute myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, secondary to a salmonella infection. Despite there being an outbreak of 72 cases connected to various parties across north Co Dublin during a two-day period in 2017, Mrs O’Brien was the only person to die. A narrative verdict in the case was returned by the jury.

 

 

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.