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Getting food poisoning is awful, whenever it happens, but there’s nothing worse than becoming sick when abroad with loved ones. Food poisoning can ruin the perfect holiday.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for holidaymakers to contract food poisoning while staying in a hotel or at a resort. Sickness can occur as a result of poor levels of hygiene or if food is cooked or prepared insufficiently. In all-inclusive resorts, where all guests eat at the same place and food is often served at buffet-style restaurants, outbreaks can be widespread.
There are a number of different ways you might contract food poisoning whilst on holiday:
Luckily, if you booked a package holiday through a UK tour operator (like Thomas Cook or First Choice), there are regulations that allow you to claim compensation from the hotel or tour operator responsible for your sickness.
Tour operators must ensure that the hotels they work with follow general hygiene procedures and comply with international food safety standards. If hotels or resorts fail to observe these standards and you become sick as a result, you could hold them liable.
However, not all cases of food poisoning are caused by the negligence of a tour operator, hotelier or another member of staff. In order for your case to be valid, you must be able to demonstrate that they showed a lack of reasonable care in the supply of your holiday. The tour operator must have been responsible for the provision of the contaminated food or poor levels of hygiene that caused your sickness.
Please note: holiday food poisoning claims are only valid if you have experienced food poisoning within the last three years.
The most common types of food poisoning include salmonella, E-Coli and Staphylococcus. Salmonella is a bacterial disease caused by eating contaminated foods such as poultry, milk, eggs and beef. Symptoms usually last for several days and include problems like diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and fever. In most cases, no treatment is required, although sometimes a doctor may prescribe antibiotics. However, in severe cases, the disease can have long-term effects, so it’s important to seek medical advice.
If you have suffered holiday food poisoning within the last three years, there are steps you can take to increase your case’s chance of success:
The value of your holiday food poisoning claim will depend on the severity of your sickness and your specific circumstances. While some bouts of food poisoning are relatively mild, with symptoms only lasting for several days, in some cases, it can cause serious and long-term conditions such as IBS or kidney failure.
There are a number of factors that will be considered when determining how much compensation you are entitled to. The seriousness of your symptoms, as well as the effect your holiday food poisoning had on your quality of life and ability to work once you returned home, will be taken into account.
Compensation amounts vary a great deal according to the specific details of the individual case. To find out how much you could receive, get in touch with our holiday food poisoning expert solicitors.
The regulations mentioned above are designed to protect tourists who have booked a package holiday comprising accommodation, flights and transfers. However, nowadays, because it is often cheaper to book the different parts of a holiday separately, package holidays are less popular than they once were.
If your holiday was not a package, it may still be possible to pursue a holiday food poisoning claim. To do so, you must be able to prove that your sickness was caused by the negligence of others. However, the legal process may be less straightforward, so it’s important that you have an experienced team of holiday illness solicitors behind you. Get in touch with Jefferies Solicitors today. We will be able to look into your case and determine whether or not you are eligible for compensation. Contact us on 0800 342 3206 or fill in our online enquiry form.