Food poisoning on holiday: What happens in holiday sickness claims?

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Going on holiday is a fun thing, or at least it’s supposed to be.

If you’ve ever read this post you’ll know that sometime it can be an utter disaster, usually because of one thing.

Food poisoning on holiday can hit anyone.

It’s absolutely wretched when you’re suffering from it and are stuck in a hotel room because you can’t go out. It’s even worse when more than one of you get it, especially if you’re travelling with children and they’re also sick.

Although we did not go down this route, I sometimes think that we should have claimed some kind of compensation for the illness we suffered as it was definitely the fault of the hotel and by extension the travel company. I stuck with being mad and promising to never, ever use the company again.

The personal injury team at London based solicitors Hodge Jones & Allen have put together a basic guide of what to do if you are ill from food poisoning on holiday at no fault of your own, which I wish I had read before our ordeal!

It is a guide to the cause of illness and then advice on what you can and cannot claim for while sick abroad.

I would definitely advise that you read this when you’re not eating!

On holiday

Food Poisoning on Holiday – Causes of being ill on holiday

Being ill on holiday can often have many different causes, often as a result from poor hygiene when prepping food or from storing food improperly. But it’s not just limited to food being improperly kept, as you can also pick up holiday sickness from poorly maintained swimming pools and pool areas as well as from the air conditioning which can then manifest itself as food poisoning later on. Some of these holiday sicknesses can include:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Norovirus
  • Campylobacter
  • Salmonella
  • E-Coli
  • Shigella
  • Listeria
  • Giardia
  • Typhoid

How to make holiday sickness claims

If you’ve caught any of the above sicknesses or illnesses whilst on holiday, then it’s worth reporting it to the hotel management, your package holiday representative if you have one, and also seeing a doctor if possible. This should start a paper trail which can help you when it comes to actually making a claim, although as it can be difficult to prove that the food is the cause of the sickness, it’s worth always checking around with the other guests to see if anyone else has come down with food poisoning as well, as this will help strengthen your claim for compensation.

After you’re feeling better, you’ll want to speak to a lawyer for your personal injury claim, to start the claims process properly. You’ll be able to talk to a lawyer and find out exactly what your next steps are and how much you’re likely to be able to claim in compensation for food poisoning.

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What are my rights when making a claim for holiday sickness?

You can claim for food poisoning on holiday compensation in both package holidays and non-package holiday cases, also known as being an independent traveller. However, there are different rules and regulations that apply in each case. If you booked your holiday with a UK-based package holiday company, you can make a claim against them if they’ve done something that has resulted in you being ill, like improperly storing food as a result of the resort messing up.

However, if you’ve booked a holiday outside of a package holiday company, you’ll need to make a claim through that country’s legal system to attempt to get compensation.

It’s recommended that you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can begin to make a claim and receive compensation as quickly as possible after suffering from food poisoning on holiday.

This is a collaborative post.

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