Holiday Sickness Claims

Food poisoning is never fun, especially when it occurs when you are on holiday and expecting to have a god time.

Food poisoning is usually caused by bacteria such as Salmonella, E-Coli, Botulism and Campylobacter. Fortunately, these bacteria are quite fragile and food poisoning can be easily prevented by cooking food properly and ensuring that basic hygiene practices are properly followed.

Symptoms of food poisoning usually appear anywhere from 24-48 hours after your exposure to the bacteria, although with some bacteria, symptoms can take up to four days to appear. Symptoms can include stomach cramps, dizziness, headaches, sweats, tiredness and lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

As soon as you notice the symptoms, you should do the following:

· Consult a doctor and have tests done to determine the type of bacteria causing the problem.

· Keep a list of everything you ate in the last 48 hours

· Keep all receipts from restaurants

· Try and find out of anyone else staying at the hotel became ill and get their details

If you arranged your holiday through a travel agent or other holiday company in the UK then, under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992, the travel agent is responsible for any failures by any of the companies contracted to perform any of the services that form part of the package.

That means that you can claim compensation from the travel agent if you contract food poisoning at your hotel or any restaurant that forms part of the holiday.

If you have experienced food poisoning at a hotel or cruise ship then Charles Gregory can provide advice and assistance to enable you to obtain compensation. Please contact us on 020 8741 9883 or through our online form.