A common complaint from travellers returning to the UK is that they have suffered with illness whilst they have been away. Quite often the illness is nothing more than a simple case of ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’ with symptoms lasting no more than a couple of days. However, many incidents are far more serious. Food Poisoning is likely to ruin the rest of your holiday, see you suffering with illness symptoms for a number of days or weeks and could potentially lead to future health problems.
If you booked a package holiday then you are covered under the Package Tour Regulations 1992 which will allow you to pursue a claim against the Tour Operator.
If you booked the holiday yourself, sorting out flights, transfers and accommodation separately then you will not be covered by the Package Tour Regulations 1992 and will find it difficult to make a claim .
Food Poisoning symptoms include profuse diarrhoea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea and headaches. In some cases, severe dehydration occurs which may lead to hospitalisation.
The most common type of infection is bacterial holiday food poisoning from Salmonella, Campylobacter or E.coli. Confirmation of food poisoning is obtained through a stool sample which will reveal the type of food poisoning and the necessary treatment.
If the infection is viral (i.e. a virus is being spread person to person) then it will be more difficult to hold the hotel responsible and pursue the Tour Operator.
Holiday Food Poisoning happens as a result of consuming infected food or drink at a hotel which has failed to follow even the most basic hygiene standards and procedures.
To be able to successfully pursue a holiday food poisoning compensation claim against the Tour Operator you will need to prove:
If you have only eaten or drunk within the confines of your hotel during the holiday then it is more likely that the source of your holiday food poisoning is the hotel. Other hotel guests may also be suffering from food poisoning too.
Thousands of holidaymakers each year suffer with food poisoning. Holidays are ruined not through their own fault but because the hotel has been negligent in its preparation and service of food.
You can claim compensation from your Tour Operator for the food poisoning you contracted on holiday.
Simpson Millar Solicitors has a specialist team of travel lawyers who have years of experience in handling holiday food poisoning claims.
Simpson Millar will provide specialist understanding of your food poisoning compensation claim and are committed to dealing fully with all aspects of your claim and ensuring you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your food poisoning illness.
The Guidelines for compensation amounts for food poisoning are:
Our expert travel lawyers will advise whether your holiday food poisoning compensation claim is likely to be successful and will explain to you all the possible options available to you to fund your claim, such as our ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement.
Telephone or email Simpson Millar today to discuss making a holiday food poisoning compensation claim against your Tour Operator.
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