Accidents in Marks and Spencers
If you sustain an injury due to a preventable accident in Marks and Spencers, you may be entitled to claim accident compensation if the shops´ managers or staff were negligent in their actions – or lack of them. Not all accidents in Marks and Spencers are avoidable and qualify for injury compensation, for although M&S have a duty of care to provide customers with a safe environment in which to shop, that duty of care is not absolute. Therefore, if staff at Marks and Spencers have not had a “reasonable” amount of time to identify a hazard and eliminate the risk of injury – such as hangers left on the floor or goods left precariously on a shelf by another customer – it may not always be straightforward to claim compensation for accidents in M&S. Therefore, it is always advisable to discuss the circumstances of any accidents in Marks and Spencers with an experienced solicitor on our Supermarket Claims Service for a free case assessment – without obligation – and to ensure that you have a Marks and Spencers accident claim for compensation which is worth your while to pursue.
The Food Standards Agency is investigating watermelon salmonella claims following the death of one person and thirty other reported cases of food poisoning in the UK.
Other similar cases of illness have also been reported in Germany and the Republic of Ireland, and officials at the Health Protection Agency are treating the outbreak of salmonella poisoning with particular caution – issuing advice to wash all fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
The origin of the salmonella contaminated watermelons has not yet been firmly established, but they are thought to come from a food preparation unit in Brazil; where the watermelons may have been washed in unclean water or cut with a contaminated knife. Of the thirty people known to have contracted the “Salmonella Newton” strain of salmonella, fifteen have confirmed that they had eaten watermelon within the preceding week.
The watermelon salmonella claims victims suffer in similar ways to other strains of food poisoning, with victims suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pains which last from four to seven days. Some individuals will need a course of antibiotics to prevent complications such as septicaemia and infection, and people recognising the early symptoms of food poisoning are advised to seek medical attention immediately.
Subject to the specific medical prognosis, it will be possible for salmonella in watermelon claims for compensation to be made against the retail outlets to blame for selling the contaminated watermelons. This is most likely to be snack kiosks or smaller shops with self-service fridges rather than the larger supermarkets, although some cafes and restaurants may also be at risk if they have served the contaminated watermelons on their premises.
In order to help with determining liability and the preparation of injury compensation claims, those suffering from salmonella in watermelon food poisoning are being advised to speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.