Have you been sick on a holiday? If you or a loved one suffered from sickness, accident or injury, whilst on a holiday, it can have a devastating effect on you and your family members, as you do not expect something terrible to befall on you during your leisure time. Turner White Solicitors can begin a claim on your behalf to help you earn the compensation, which you deserve.
In case of a package holiday, you’re allowed to make a claim against tour operator for compensation relating to any illness or injury caused because of their negligence. Most importantly, it is your tour operator, who is responsible for providing a hygienic and sanitary environment, which safeguards you from any kind of sickness. Every year thousands of people are taken ill on holiday often due to the unhealthy and unclean conditions found at the hotel, which is the tour operator’s negligence, making the victim eligible for compensation.
The steps to determine holiday sickness claims are as follows:
• In a package holiday, a claim for compensation is possible only if you’ve been sick within the last three years. This is the legal time limit for making a claim for holiday sickness.
• Your package holiday must have been within the last three years. Moreover, to be entitled for a compensation, your sickness must have continued for more than seven days, which means that the sickness affected you for a substantial length of time during your holiday period.
If you have had suffer from illness abroad with a package holiday half board, full board, comprehensive or on a cruise with symptom such as vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, acute bed bug bites or any kind of suspected food poisoning then get in touch with our No Win No Fee solicitors. Our friendly team will do all the hard work to claim compensation for your ruined holiday, which you deserve. At Turner White Solicitors, our expert team of holiday sickness solicitors can help you to effectively make a holiday sickness compensation claims for negligence.
Aspects of Holiday Sickness
The Package Travel Regulations 1992 covers those who have fallen ill on a holiday after purchasing a holiday package or an all-inclusive holiday from a UK tour operator. The regulations defines a "holiday package" as a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components when sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price and when the service covers a period of more than 24 hours or includes overnight:
- Travel e.g. flights
- Accommodation i.e. hotels
- Any other tourist services accounting for a significant proportion of the package
Common Causes of Holiday SicknessFood Poisoning is one of the greatest causes of holiday sickness. Many tourists suffer from it due to eating at restaurants which are not very efficient at managing food hygiene. Some of the main causes of food poisoning are as follows:
- Uncooked food
- Food prepared on unclean surfaces
- Food that is incorrectly handled or contaminated by food handlers
- Ice served in drinks using unsafe tap water
- Unsafe tap water being served
Other Causes of Holiday SicknessCauses of holiday sickness is not only confined to a restaurant, but you can also get infected by other means:
- Poorly maintained swimming pools i.e. inadequate levels of chlorine, poor personal hygiene of other tourists
- Lack of hygiene in hotel rooms i.e. dirty bed sheets, bed bugs, dust and insects in the room, bacteria/fungi in certain areas of the room.
- Lack of hygiene in toilets, either public toilets or en-suite for the hotel room