Holiday Illness Compensation Claims Specialists
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors Personal Injury Lawyers are specialists in travel litigation and holiday illness compensation claims. Our qualified team of experts have successfully pursued holiday claims for hundreds of unhappy holidaymakers who were subjected to illness abroad. The manager’s of our firms Holiday Illness Claims team alone have spent over 30 years dealing with salmonella – cryptosporidium – e coli – shigella – campylobacter and numerous other foreign illness claims. We know the travel industry inside out.
- Were you struck down by a holiday illness whilst abroad?
- Do you believe it was food poisoning due to poor hygiene at your hotel?
- Did your tour operator claim your holiday illness was a mysterious virus?
- Experienced poor levels of ‘customer service’ from your tour operator?
- Want advice from a Holiday Illness Compensation Claims Specialists?
Call our Holiday Illness Advice Line
If you suffered from any type of holiday illness and would like more information about making a claim for compensation, call the team for advice on:
Latest Guidelines for the Assessment of Holiday Illness Claims
Reports on compensation awards made by the courts of England and Wales were released on 2nd September 2010.The latest guidelines state how much can you claim for your holiday illness:
£25,250 to £34,500 – Severe gastric illness with bouts of acute pain, vomiting and diarrhoea requiring hospital admission for days or weeks resulting in continuing symptoms which impact on life.
£6,300 to £12,600 – Serious but short lived bouts of food poisoning diminishing over a two year period with continuing discomfort and disturbance of bowel function.
£,600 to £6,300 – Food poisoning symptoms which last for a few weeks but complete recovery within 2 years
£600 to £2,600 – Varying degrees of disabling pain, cramps and diarrhoea lasting several weeks
Common Holiday Gastric Infections
Holiday Illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses or other parasites infecting the gastrointestinal tract, which is made up of the Stomach – Large and Small Intestines – Esophagus – Anus and Mouth. Gastric infection is not normally life-threatening, but it does cause people to have diarrhoea.
Gastrointestinal infections are often caused by food poisoning, which occurs when infectious agents create toxins in food that is handled or stored improperly. Common bacteria and parasites that cause the infection are Campylobacter – Salmonella – E. coli – Giardiasis – Amebiasis and Cryptosporidium.
If you suffer from a bacterial or parasitic illness, including food poisoning on holiday, Simpson Millar Personal Injury Specialists can help you claim the compensation you deserve for your ruined holiday.
10 Ways of Avoiding Holiday Illness
- Always wash your hands before you eating as this reduces the risk of Shigella which is often spread from person to person both directly and indirectly via the oral-faecal route
- Never eat undercooked food, particularly chicken, beef and eggs unless you wish to endure Salmonella and Campylobacter food poisoning
- Avoid food that is served at a luke warm temperature and that which is permitted to stand in heat for long periods – bacteria such as Salmonella breeds quickly in such conditions
- Ensure that utensils are clean and that the chef cooking on the buffet uses different implements to avoid cross contamination when handling raw meat and then serving cooked foods
- Avoid eating with your fingers wherever possible especially if you have just handled foreign money
- Do not drink tap water in Greece or Egypt because it often contains E coli – drink from a bottle
- Avoid swimming in dirty swimming pools otherwise you will be exposed to waterborne infections such as Cryptosporidium or Giardia
- 50% of birds carry Campylobacter on their claws and beaks and so be observant and avoid food that has been contaminated either directly or indirectly by faecal spread
- Flies on food spread salmonella – avoid uncovered food
- If you have been ill make a holiday illness compensation claim for the benefit of others as the tour operator will send hygiene experts to the hotel
Travellers’ Diarrhoea from the Aztec Two-Step to MonteZumas Revenge
There are a number of colloquialisms for travellers’ diarrhoea, Kurtz Hurtz and Mummy’s Tummy. However, the term ‘travellers’ diarrhoea’ is a condition often caused by bacterial infections from contaminated food. The symptoms can be severe – profuse diarrhoea – stomach cramps – headaches and fever. The enjoyment of a holiday is likely to be curtailed by bacteria, the most common being e coli and salmonella food poisoning, and so damages can be substantial. If a holiday illness leads to a secondary condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Reactive Arthritis we will ensure you are compensated appropriately.
Establishing Holiday Illness Claims against Tour Operators
Tour companies often insist that holidaymakers prove that their illness was caused by the food served or unsanitary conditions at their hotel. If holidaymakers were staying at a hotel on an all-inclusive board basis, and they are adamant they did not eat outside the hotel complex for the 72 hour period prior to the onset of their symptoms, their holiday illness compensation claim should be relatively straightforward.
Simpson Millar Specialists are able to claim compensation for those travellers’ whose holiday illness or food poisoning symptoms lasted more than 7 days – you are entitled to recover damages for both the acute phase and the recovery period of your illness. Given the severity of food borne holiday infections most illnesses of this nature last at least 10 days before its victims are 100% recovered.
About Simpson Millar’s Holiday Illness Claims Process
Your claim will be supported by experts in a variety of fields ranging from gastroenterology to experts in foreign health and safety standards. Our Holiday Travel team will work closely with foreign counterparts to ensure your illness claim is successful.
If you have been ill on a package holiday through no fault of your own and your holiday was a disaster then get in touch to find out more about making a compensation claim.
Our holiday compensation lawyers know how to win claims. Our knowledge of the travel industry means that the tour operators find it difficult to defend claims and avoid paying compensation.
Speak to a Holiday Illness Compensation Claims Specialist today for advice if any member of your family experienced sickness whilst abroad on a package holiday. We can help you claim the compensation you rightly deserve for your holiday from hell.