Most of us enjoy a week or two in the sun on a holiday we work all year for. Unfortunately more and more of us are having those holidays ruined by contracting an illness while we are there. Being ill in a foreign country can be a daunting and traumatic experience. Food poisoning is the most common illness contracted abroad. While in most cases the effects are relatively mild, lasting only a day or two, some cases can be severe. Illnesses such as E Coli can cause lengthy periods of sickness while campylobacter bacterium can sometimes leave permanent symptoms. The tour operator you booked your holiday through has a duty of care to protect you from illness. If you have become ill on holiday then you may be able to make a claim for compensation through a holiday illness claims solicitor..
Although a good travel insurance policy may cover you for illness abroad, a claim for compensationagainst the tour operator may be possible if you believe that they were at fault and negligent in their service. The tour operator is contracted to the hotel, resort or cruise ship where you developed the illness, and therefore may be held responsible if they are negligent. Negligence is when the resort fails to do all necessary steps to ensure your safety by following health and safety laws. This includes the correct storage and preparation of food and keeping a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene throughout the resort. To help your case, photos, addresses of witnesses who were also ill, notes of conversations with reps and medical reports may all be helpful. Holiday illness claims may provide recompense for your suffering if it can be proved the tour operator should have done more to protect you.
Some of the illnesses possible to suffer on holiday are:
- E Coli
Cryptosporidiosis – Cryptosporidiosis is caused by the ingestion of water or food contaminated by human faeces. It causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
E Coli – E Coli is caused by poorly cooked food, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and flu like fever. It is a serious illness, in some cases it can cause kidney failure and can even be fatal.
Gastroenteritis – The medical term for abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Giardiasis – An intestinal infection caused by a parasite found in faeces.
Norovirus – A highly contagious illness causing gastroenteritis. A short, intense illness caused by poor hygiene/sanitation. Enclosed spaces like cruises are vulnerable to the norovirus.
If you contracted one of the above or some other illness while on holiday then please call for our free and confidential advice on you case. People who make holiday illness claims are often concerned about the financial implications involved ,but all claims through Ashley Ainsworth are on a strictly no win, no fee basis. Money received through a claim for compensation can go a long way to cover any hardship you suffered from contracting the illness.
Holiday illness claims
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with a holiday illness claim for compensation. We can provide you with a top UK holiday illness claims solicitor who specialises in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation package you are entitled too.
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