A holiday abroad often means a well-deserved break from cooking and preparing meals. You may also be looking forward to sampling some of the amazing dishes available on your hotel restaurant menu or in resort buffet and poolside bar.
Most holidaymakers abroad enjoy a happy time with no real issues over the food they eat and are generally mindful that the hotel / resort catering might cause a slight tummy upset. So the last thing you would expect is a bout of serious food poisoning on holiday.
The body reaction to food poisoning is rapid and intense. In many cases, it could mean you will spend most of your precious holiday time seriously ill or even in hospital. If this sounds familiar, you could be entitled to make a holiday food poisoning compensation claim.
Holiday illnesses are often caused by one or more of the following three causes:
Many travellers abroad are often aware of the risks posed by drinking from the local water supply and will also try to ensure that the food they eat has been thoroughly cooked. But these basic precautions may not be enough to prevent catching a serious illness caused by negligent food preparation or hygiene practices at your hotel.
Your UK Package tour operator can be found liable for a breach in regulations, which directly caused your illness and it is always recommended to seek appropriate legal advice to ensure your case is properly investigated.
Your Legal Friend has over 30 years experience and specialist knowledge in all aspects of international personal injury law. We provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you succeed in making your holiday food poisoning claim against a UK tour operator / cruise line.
Food-borne illness around the world:
(Latest available data - Food-borne illness around the world 2010 - World Health Organization (WHO), 2015)
How illness spreads
An outbreak of food poisoning can spread instantly between holiday makers staying at the same resort or on board a cruise ship.
An infection can be passed on through:
Common types of bacterial infection
Outbreaks of food poisoning are usually caused by the more common types of bacterial infections, such as:
As with any accident or injury abroad, it is essential that you report what has happened.
You must also make a note of any key details by:
Taking photos – and record the date and time the photographs were taken. Ideally your photos would document things such as poor standards of cleaniness, improper ways of storing food served to guests, flies in the dining area etc.
Taking a sample - try to also get a sample taken at the local hospital or as soon as you return to the UK, which can identify the exact bacteria that caused your illness. It is important you try to get this done as quickly as possible as bacteria may only survive for a few days.
Taking details of any witnesses - keep a note of names, addresses and email addresses, so you can contact them should you need their help.
Keeping a diary of your symptoms – to ensure that nothing is forgotten or incorrectly remembered when recalling events with a medical expert / solicitor.
Your UK Package tour operator can be found liable for a breach in regulations, which directly caused your illness and it is always recommended to seek appropriate legal advice to ensure your case will be properly investigated.
Under the Package Travel Regulations 1992, your UK Package tour operator:
Building your case and making a holiday food poisoning claim requires the in-depth knowledge of a specialist solicitor.
Your Legal Friend has over 30 years experience in all aspects of international personal injury law.
We specialise in helping all those who have suffered from a holiday accident, injury or illness while on holiday abroad through no fault of their own and wish to claim compensation against a UK tour operator / cruise line.
We can help you claim back any additional expenses you have suffered as a result of your illness, such as:
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