Gastric illnesses such as the Norwalk and Salmonella viruses can cause a range of symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, fever, dehydration and weight loss. In some cases they may lead to significant pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment.
Furthermore, they may in some cases, cause long-term complications – in these instances a personal injury solicitor may be able to help you make a Norwalk or Salmonella compensation claim.
Food poisoning claims
Seth Lovis & Co personal injury solicitors can help clients bring food poisoning claims against restaurants and other food providers in the UK, as well against tour operators, where the illness has occurred as a result of eating contaminated food while on a holiday abroad.
Strictly speaking, there is a three-year time limit for Norwalk and Salmonella compensation claims – however, it is always advantageous to pursue a claim as soon as is practicable.
Norwalk virus claims
Norwalk virus is so named because it was first identified following an outbreak of the illness in the town of Norwalk, Ohio, USA.
However, Norwalk virus and norovirus (members of the calcivirus family) are found across the globe. They are passed from person to person when food, drink, or water becomes contaminated with faecal matter from an infected person. Oysters and other shellfish are a particularly common source of infection – usually as a result of contamination with raw sewage – however, raw foods, such as salads, are another common source of infection.
Although rarely a serious risk to the general health of most people, norovirus can be dangerous in people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms usually include vomiting, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and weakness. In most cases these will pass within two to four days.
Norwalk virus is the most common stomach infection in the United Kingdom and can be particularly virulent when outbreaks occur in closed environments such as cruise ships or hotels, where contraction may occur from person to person as a result of contaminated food, door handles, or swimming pools.
The bacterium which causes Salmonella infection is most commonly found in raw meat, eggs, turkey, and chicken. Although it is killed when exposed to high temperatures, if eggs, poultry, or meat are inadequately cooked, it may result in illness.
Although it is always unpleasant, Salmonella poisoning is particularly harmful to those with weakened immune systems, as well as the elderly, the very young, and pregnant women.
Restaurants can help avoid outbreaks and contamination by ensuring correct hand hygiene, proper food storage, and thorough cooking of food.
In the event you have suffered Salmonella food poisoning, whether while on a package holiday or in a restaurant or cafe here in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your pain, injury, medical expenses, and lost earnings.
Norwalk virus and salmonella compensation claims
If you have become ill after eating contaminated food at hotel, restaurant, or on a cruise ship, or have contracted Norwalk or Salmonella virus in any other circumstance, talk to Seth Lovis & Co's personal injury solicitors today about the possibility of claiming compensation.
We are based in Bloomsbury WC1, in the heart of legal London, but act for clients from across the country. We are experts in personal injury cases and can advise you on the prospects of your case, whether you have become ill eating contaminated food in the UK or on a cruise ship abroad. Call us on 0808 252 0678 to discuss your enquiry with one of our personal injury solicitors.