If you fall ill with Cyclospora on holiday and believe it’s due to poor hygiene standards at your hotel or resort, you may be entitled to compensation and we can help you make a claim.
We’re specialists in travel law, with many years of experience handling holiday sickness claims, particularly in countries where outbreaks are common. These include:
- Dominican Republic
- Cape Verde
Claiming Compensation for Cyclospora
Holiday tour operators are required to act with reasonable skill and care when providing holidays and are required to serve food that is safe for consumption. So if you fall ill as a result of eating contaminated food or due to a lack of reasonable hygiene, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What causes Cyclosphora?
Cyclospora can occur when a parasite attaches itself to fruit and vegetables that have been contaminated with human faecal matter. So if contaminated water, for instance, is used to wash fruit and vegetables at an all-inclusive resort, there’s a good chance other people will be infected by consuming items such as salad, desserts that include fruit and cocktails that contain fruit or herbs such as mint and coriander.
The nature of many gastric illnesses means you may not know exactly what condition you’ve got unless you’re tested for it. So it’s important to consult a doctor or medical professional and ask for a stool sample test to be carried out. This should identify exactly what specific illness you’ve got and ensure you’re given the correct course of treatment.
You should also report any symptoms to a member of the hotel staff as soon as possible, as well as your tour operator. Make sure you keep any correspondence and receipts related to your illness and medical treatment on holiday, as this can be vital as we put together your claim and calculate how much compensation you should be entitled to.
Cyclospora has a particularly long incubation period – often up to 2 weeks – so it may be the case that you don’t start showing symptoms until after you’ve come back to the UK. If that’s the case, you might not immediately make the connection between a stomach illness and something you ate while you were on holiday.
So again, it’s very important for you to get medical attention as soon as possible, so a doctor can identify exactly what condition you may have and what could have caused it, and then treat you accordingly.
Symptoms of Cyclospora
Common symptoms of Cyclospora include:
- Stomach cramps
- Aching in legs, hands and feet
- Increased gas
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Many of these symptoms are common across many different gastric illnesses. That’s why it’s crucial for you to see a doctor as soon as you fall ill so you can find out exactly what condition you’ve got.
What Can I Claim Compensation For?
If you fall ill with Cyclospora because of hygiene failings at your holiday hotel, you could be able to claim compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- The period of your holiday that was ruined because of your illness
- The loss of enjoyment of your holiday
- Personal expenses, such as travel insurance excess and medical fees
- Loss of earnings if your illness has meant you were unable to work
- Any care, treatment and rehabilitation costs you may have paid or will need to pay in the future
If we take on your case, our Holiday Claims Solicitors will arrange for you to undergo an independent medical assessment and look at the financial impact of your illness so you get the compensation settlement you’re entitled to.