Post-infective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome compensation advice
A holiday illness such as Gastroenteritis can be devastating, but did you know that you could suffer a secondary condition that could result in long-term health problems. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is such a condition, and because of this you might be entitled to compensation for it as part of your holiday illness claim.
Can I make a claim?
When booking a package holiday your tour operator is responsible for taking reasonable steps to prevent you from coming to harm. This means that if you suffer an illness that leads to a long-term health condition that could have been prevented, then under The Package Travel Regulations 1992 you could claim compensation.
What do I need to do to claim for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Because Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a secondary health condition resulting from an initial infection, in order to claim for it the link between your condition and holiday illness needs to be confirmed by a medical professional. Because of this, as with any other holiday illness it’s important to make sure that you speak with a medical professional as soon as you become sick on holiday, as well as speaking with your GP in the UK.
As with any illness, it can help to gather evidence of what caused your condition, such as taking photos or filming a video of unhygienic conditions, as well as taking statements from other guests who may have suffered the same symptoms. After that just contact us, and we’ll provide you with a free no-obligation consultation on your claim in plain, jargon-free English.
How much is my claim worth?
Typically holiday illness compensation awards range from £1,000 to £25,000, dependent on the unique circumstances of your condition. We take into account how your illness has affected you over time, taking into consideration the lasting effects of on-going health problems such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and how they could impact your quality of life and income.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that results in persistent fatigue that can impact your everyday life. Sometimes referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or more recently Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID), medical research has yet to find a clear way to diagnose or treat CFS, with some medical professionals identifying the debilitating symptoms of this condition and ruling out other diseases before confirming a diagnosis.
Can you catch Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
While CFS is a medical condition that is recognised by the Department of Health, there is still no concrete evidence for what causes it, but it is considered to be the result of conditions that do have an identifiable cause, such as Gastroenteritis. Unlike CFS the cause of Gastroenteritis can often be identified as a bacterial, parasitic or viral infection, and subsequently can be seen as the cause of CFS.
What are the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
In addition to fatigue, symptoms of CFS can include not benefitting from a night’s sleep, chronic insomnia and other sleep disorders, struggling with concentration, loss of memory, muscle pain, frequent headaches, joint pain, a sore throat, and tender lymph nodes in the neck and armpits. As a result of these symptoms, CFS can result in notably reduced mobility, which can massively impact your quality of life.
How long does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome last?
CFS is usually a long-lasting condition, with sufferers often reporting that they have experienced symptoms for at the very least for 6 months, but usually much longer. The condition can last for the rest of your life, however it has been known for children who are affected by CFS to outgrow the condition as they become adults.
Who is most at risk?
While anyone can suffer from CFS regardless of age and gender, it is more common in women and people in their 40s and 50s. It could be possible to have a genetic predisposition to CFS, and anyone suffering from allergies, stress and environmental factors, as well as those diagnosed with hypotension (low blood pressure), a weakened immune system or a hormonal imbalance may be at increased risk.