Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection that is commonly caused by consuming contaminated food or water. Not washing hands after going to the bathroom and coming in close contact with someone who has the virus can also trigger off a bout of gastroenteritis.
When food is not cooked properly or if it is left out for too long, it can cause gastroenteritis. The incidence of suffering from this digestive problem with home-cooked food is very low. This is because we are generally more careful when cooking at home.
Most people who suffer from gastroenteritis contract the virus after eating out, typically after eating at a buffet restaurant. Catering staff preparing foods without washing their hands and buffet dishes that are often left out too long at the wrong temperature are the two most common factors that are responsible for transferring the infection, which can cause food poisoning.
Their diminished physical size and strength make children and the elderly more vulnerable to a gastroenteritis infection. Anyone who has a pre-existing condition, or a weakened immune system, may find such an infection causes more severe symptoms as well as potential long term consequences.
If you contract gastroenteritis after eating out, you may have grounds to file a gastroenteritis claim for compensation against the restaurant at fault.
Recognise The Symptoms Of Gastroenteritis
Severe stomach cramps are one of the most common and most distinctive symptoms of gastroenteritis. Stomach cramps may be accompanied by one of more of a few other symptoms such as:
- Inability to keep food in the stomach.
- Lack of appetite.
- Feeling sick.
- High temperatures.
- Disrupted sleep because of cramping and diarrhoea.
Steps To Take If You Are Suffering From Gastroenteritis
In the majority of cases, the symptoms of gastroenteritis tend to ease off after a day or two. During this time it is very important to try and stay rehydrated. You lose a lot of vital bodily fluids and salts with persistent diarrhoea and vomiting and if it lasts more than two days you can get dangerously dehydrated. Keeping the body rehydrated is especially important for smaller children as they tend to get dehydrated more quickly.
Oral rehydration packets, which are available at most pharmacies, are a much better option than water as these provide both water and salts.
Being vigilant about hygiene is crucial during the entire time that you are suffering from the symptoms. Make sure you wash your hands well before eating any foods. Check that all glasses, dishes and cutlery are super clean. Make sure all foods are cooked properly.
Stay away from work or school as you could pick up another infection or you could spread your infection.
When To See A Doctor
If the symptoms persist beyond a day two, it is very important to consult with a medical professional.
A doctor will first run a few diagnostic tests to identify the exact nature of the infection and accordingly prescribe the proper treatment that will get rid of the infection and ease the symptoms at the earliest.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms and if you are severely dehydrated, you may also be put on the drip so that your body receives vital fluids and nourishment.
While obtaining receipts may not be your primary purpose of getting medical help, these receipts can be very useful for verifying that you did suffer from gastroenteritis. The receipts can also be very useful for calculating the medical expenses part of the claim.
Filing A Gastroenteritis Compensation Claim
You may not think about filing a gastroenteritis claim for compensation if your symptoms were mild and eased off in a couple of days. However, if you suffered from severe symptoms that persisted for several days and caused you to stay home from work or resulted in a loss of business or some other opportunity, then you should consider pursuing a claim that allows you to be compensated for your loss and suffering.
To file a successful gastroenteritis claim you will need to be able to prove that you contracted the infection after eating at that particular restaurant or cafe. This is not easy to do after you’ve left the establishment as it is almost impossible to go back to obtain samples of the different dishes that you dined on that particular day.
The best way to proceed with filing a claim is by hiring a personal injury solicitor to represent you.
Benefits Of Hiring A Personal Injury Solicitor
Personal injury solicitors are very conversant with all areas of personal injury law. They know how to put together a compelling gastroenteritis claim by using the information they have to maximum advantage. On your own, you may not be able to go to the restaurant to obtain any evidence. Personal injury solicitors on the other hand know exactly how to get this crucial evidence. They also have access to legal libraries that they can explore to read up on other similar cases. This inside information can give them a major advantage when your case comes up for hearing in the court.
What’s more, you benefit from a personal injury solicitor’s experience and expertise without having to pay any upfront legal fees. During your first free consultation, our solicitor assigned to your gastroenteritis claim will determine whether or not you have a strong case. If you have a high chance of winning, we shall agree to help you without charging you any consultation or representation fees until your case is successful. Only if your claim is successful you are liable to pay a percentage of the compensation as our fee. This is known as a No Win No Fee agreement which we will be happy to explain in full should we want to start a gastroenteritis claim.