Injury to the digestive system can occur as a result of a traumatic injury or as a result of an illness / injury caused by eating or inhaling an inappropriate item.

The digestive system allows the body to break down food in such a way that it can be absorbed in the blood stream, used or excreted.

Symptoms of digestive disorders or injury

Common symptoms of a digestive disorder include:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • ulcers
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • abdominal pains
  • stomach cramps

Injuries to the digestive system as a result of a traumatic injury may include: penetrating stab wounds, industrial lacerations, seat-belt pressure damage or permanent injury to the digestive organs that has a negative impact on the function of the digestive system.

A number of situations can lead to an illness or damage as a result of inhaling or eating something inappropriate such as: food poisoning or accidentally swallowing a harmful substance at work.

High risk environments or accident circumstances

There are a number of different workplaces that may contain toxic and harmful substances such as scientific, industrial and technical industries. Those working in agriculture often have to work with dangerous substances such as pesticides and weed killers. Similarly, heavy duty cleaning products have the potential to harm if not handled in the right way.

Food poisoning is a common cause of injuring the digestive system due to food containing a large amount of bacteria. If bacteria are eaten in high levels you can poison your stomach and intestines, which are the prime body parts used in the digestion of food. Bacteria on food can be killed if cooked correctly.

Common types are bacteria are:

  • salmonella – found in meat, poultry, eggs and unpasteurised milk
  • listeria monocytogenes – found in cheese and pate
  • campylobacter – found in untreated water
  • clostridium perfringens – can be found is soil
  • bacillus cereus – can be found on uncooked rice

The most common places food poisoning claims are made against are food suppliers including restaurants, hotels and supermarkets.

C. difficile is another bacterial infection which targets the digestive system and is a virus not unusually contacted in hospitals and care homes due to an unclean environment or staff failing to follow their own infection control policies or cleanliness procedures.

Contact us

If you, or a loved one, have suffered a digestive system injury as a result of another’s negligence and would like to discuss the possibility of making a digestive system injury compensation claim then please call our Personal Injury (PI), Industrial Disease and Medical Negligence lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.