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We have decades of experience helping people claim compensation for food poisoning they’ve suffered because of poor hygiene procedures and carelessness.

The short term symptoms of food poisoning – gastric illness, vomiting and diarrhoea – are distressing, but there can also be debilitating, long term effects like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), psychological illness and chronic fatigue syndrome, amongst others.

Expertise In Food Poisoning Claims

Our food poisoning solicitors have acted in many cases against hotels, restaurants, takeaways and cafes. Some of the infections we’ve dealt with include:

  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • E.coli
  • Giardia
  • Norovirus
  • Rotavirus
  • Campylobacter

Our lawyers represent 45 clients who were affected by the highly-publicised illness outbreak at the Newcastle Spice Festival in 2013. This was a serious outbreak with hundreds of people affected, some of whom contracted bacteria including salmonella, e.coli and shigella. We’re using our years of experience in food poisoning cases to work on compensation claims for these clients.  

How Irwin Mitchell Can Help With Your Claim

Food retailers and suppliers are required by law to provide products that are free from dangerous bacteria. This means that you don’t have to prove there was any negligence involved in your claim, only that the establishment failed to adhere to the relevant standards and was the source of your illness.

This can sometimes be tricky, especially if you ate in a number of different places just before falling ill. But our solicitors are experienced in these cases, having helped thousands of people with food poisoning– we’ll fight for the compensation you’re entitled to.

As one of the country’s leading law firms, we have a nationwide network of offices ready to help wherever you are. Our solicitors are committed, sensitive and experienced in both group claims and individual food poisoning claims. Chicken Challenge 2015

We are proud to support the 2015 Chicken Challenge, a campaign by the Food Standards Agency to halve the number of campylobacter food poisoning cases by the end of the year.

Our Experience In Holiday Food Poisoning 

Irwin Mitchell’s International Personal Injury team is renowned for its success in bringing claims for food poisoning and illness suffered while on holiday. To find out more, visit our illness abroad page.

Contact Us Today

If you think you’ve been the victim of food poisoning, please get in touch on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation with one of our advisers. Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry form online and we’ll call you back.


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