If you suffer holiday illness or food poisoning through no fault of your own, you are well within your rights to make a claim for holiday illness compensation when you get home.
Common questions about holiday illness include:
1. How much can I claim for holiday?
It depends on the severity of your illness and how it has affected your life. A personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you of the amount you may claim once he carries out a free claim assessment.
2. What complications are linked to food poisoning?
Food poisoning complications commonly occur in young children, pregnant women, older people and people with weakened immune systems. Complications can include dehydration if you lose more fluids than you can replace. Intravenous drip treatment usually cures this but you must seek medical advice immediately if you suspect you are suffering from food poisoning.
3. How long do food poisoning symptoms last?
It depends how severe the food poisoning symptoms are but mild or moderate will normally clear up within 4-7 days. Severe symptoms will take longer and some holidaymakers are still carrying the disease when they return to the UK.
4. Who shall I contact if I contract holiday food poisoning?
Firstly, contact a doctor who will prescribe treatment for your symptoms, then contact a personal injury solicitor in the UK if your holiday illness was caused by someone else. You could have a strong case for compensation.
5. Should I take medication with me on holiday?
There is no harm in taking medication on holiday with you but if you contract Salmonella or E-coli you will still need to see a doctor who will prescribe the correct treatment for the infection.
6. What are the main causes of holiday food poisoning?
Common causes of holiday food poisoning at all-inclusive resorts include poor standards of hygiene in kitchens and food serving areas and poor standards of food preparation.
7. Should I accept compensation directly from the holiday company?
No, never accept any offer of compensation until you have spoken to a regulated personal injury solicitor as you could be entitled to much more than they are offering. If you accept their offer, it may prove impossible to successfully claim more money later on.
8. How does a no win no fee compensation claim work?
If you contact a holiday illness solicitor who works on a no win, no fee basis you won´t have to pay a penny to make a claim, even if you lose the case.
9. How long will a claim take?
It depends how quickly the tour operator replies to correspondence from your solicitor and also whether or not they admit liability. A personal injury solicitor will be able to give you a better idea of the timescale when he has assessed your case.
10. What is E-coli?
E-coli is a type of bacterium which can be found in the digestive systems of animals and humans. The most harmful strain to humans is E0157 which often develops after eating uncooked meat or drinking contaminated water or milk.
If you want to make a holiday illness compensation claim choose a regulated solicitor who works on a no win, no fee basis and one who will pay you 100% of the compensation.