Holiday Food Poisoning Claims

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After saving up to go on holiday, it would be devastating to suffer food poisoning.

Tour operators have a duty to ensure that the hotel they have provided comply with the international food safety standards and general hygiene standards. If you or your family have become ill due to the poor standards of the hotelier’s food or hygiene then you may be able to claim compensation.

What are Holiday food poisoning claims?

If you believe you have suffered from food poisoning whilst on holiday then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. If you don’t and the food poisoning is serious, it could lead to further consequences to your health.

This medical advice and diagnosis will also be extremely beneficial to your claim. It will also be beneficial to keep any receipts of purchasing over the counter medicines which helped you with your illness as these can be reimbursed with your claim.

Causes of illnesses abroad:

  • Salmonella – Typically found in egg products, eggs, untreated water and meats, Salmonella is difficult to recover from and it can cause serious health problems. Thoroughly cooking food and washing hands helps to avoid transferring bacteria to other sources.
  • E. coli – A type of bacteria that lives in the lower intestines of healthy mammals, it can cause food poisoning if it is ingested. If food handlers have failed to thoroughly wash food or cook food, it can cause E. coli poisoning.
  • Campylobacter – Bacteria found normally in undercooked or raw meat, untreated water and unpasteurised milk. If it is directly ingested or if bacterium is spread to other sources such as salad by someone who hasn’t washed their hands after handling raw poultry, it can lead to food poisoning.

Symptoms of food poisoning

Suffering from food poisoning on holiday can cause severe stress and health issues. The typical symptoms to look for when suffering from food poisoning:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Weakness
  • Fever

Claiming compensation for food poisoning on holiday

If you feel as though you have suffered food poisoning on holiday, you can contact our team of expert solicitors on 0800 811 844 and we will tell you then and there if you have a case to claim compensation.