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Family And Friends Ask Lawyers For Help After Suffering Illness Following Wedding Reception

Growing Number Contact Experts Regarding Campylobacter Infections


Seventeen people have instructed specialist illness lawyers after they reported contracting symptoms of gastric illness following a wedding reception on 1st November 2014 at The Riverside in Leeds, with a number of those affected suffering confirmed cases of campylobacter.
Laura Ferris, from Selby, was sent by her GP to hospital for emergency treatment after she and a number of her family members developed serious illness following the event.
She is among 17 guests at the wedding reception who have now instructed Irwin Mitchell and while the law firm has commenced its own investigations into the source of the outbreak, it has confirmed it is too early to determine the cause of the problems.
The illness lawyers specialise in helping victims gain justice following outbreaks in the UK and abroad, notably acting for those affected by a large outbreak linked to the Street Spice food festival in Newcastle in 2013 which left more than 300 people ill. The firm is also representing dozens of people who fell ill after eating at The Real China restaurant in Eastleigh, near Southampton, which was reportedly part of a wider national salmonella outbreak in 2014.  

Expert Opinion
We have received a number of enquiries from those affected by illness We are very concerned having heard first-hand about the extent and severity of the symptoms which many of our clients have suffered, and we have received test results confirming at least two of our clients have been diagnosed with campylobacter.

"The seriousness of these issues should not be underestimated, as we have seen numerous cases where people have developed long-term health conditions as a result of gastric illness. They can also cause significant disruption to people’s lives, often forcing them to take time off work and leaving them needing the care and support of loved ones.

"We have started our own investigations and are determined to get answers for our clients regarding the cause of their illnesses. We are also very keen to hear from anyone else affected who may be able to help us with our enquiries."
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner

Laura Ferris, 53, from Selby, who was the matron of honour at the wedding, started to suffer serious illness symptoms including diarrhoea and stomach cramps two days after the wedding. After speaking to her GP, she was sent to York District Hospital for emergency rehydration treatment.
The symptoms she endured forced her to take two weeks off work.
Laura said: "The illness which I suffered after the wedding turned a day which we should have been able to remember with joy, into a bad memory and one which we all want to forget.
“The symptoms were terrible and have lingered on for weeks after the event. I ended up in hospital requiring emergency rehydration. While there were obvious physical issues linked to the food poisoning, there has also been a severe emotional toll.

“My sister, the bride, and her husband also became ill and this greatly impacted their honeymoon.  They were also very upset to hear that many of their friends and family also suffered health issues in the days after their big day.”

If you or a loved one has suffered food poisoning due to poor hygiene standards, our illness compensation lawyers could help you claim compensation. Visit our Food Poisoning Claims page for more information.

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