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Making a Holiday Illness Claim

Making a Holiday Illness Claim

Planning a holiday of any kind is a fun and exciting experience. Holidaymakers all have the expectation of sun and sea, lively activities and creating unforgettable moments. Going on holiday can often be a fantastic experience for a family, a couple or a group of friends; a getaway to a foreign country can be just the ticket to a break from your usual stressful and busy life.

However, sometimes the dream of a wonderful holiday can very quickly turn into a horrible nightmare if one of your party becomes ill whilst you are away. Unfortunately, the prospect of illness occurring on holiday is more likely than we want to believe due to being in a different environment, with substantial changes in your usual diet and environment.

What are the most common ways of becoming ill whilst on holiday?

The following are the most common types of illnesses likely to occur whilst you are on holiday:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Food poisoning

Holiday makers often stay in resorts and hotels where they eat most of their meals. This means that holidaymakers are often reliant on the resort to cook their food properly. Sometimes in a busy holiday resort, food can be prepared wrongly, undercooked, re-used and served before it has reached the required cooking temperature.

If food is served in such ways, holidaymakers may fall ill with food poisoning. This can include illnesses such as [+ salmonella+], E. coli, and listeria, which can cause symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and sometimes dehydration.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Water contamination

Whilst on holiday, holidaymakers are likely to drink tap water which may be filtered in a way they are not used to, causing a stomach upset. Even if holidaymakers take care by drinking bottled water, they are still likely to order drinks at restaurants and bars which come with ice in them, or they may brush their teeth with tap water or drink some swimming pool water. This makes it very difficult to avoid consuming any water at all.

If water is unclean, it could be contaminated containing parasites such as cryptosporidium. These parasites can cause terrible illnesses with symptoms such as vomiting and fever, quickly affecting the sufferer’s health.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cruise ship outbreaks

If you have decided to go on a cruise ship holiday, outbreaks of illnesses on board can result in an illness being spread between hundreds of passengers. Illnesses which are likely to be very infectious include bird flu and norovirus, and have symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea.

If the correct health standards are not followed, these illnesses can even spread from cruise to cruise, and can become an ongoing problem, affecting many sufferers.

In the case of a cruise ship outbreak, anyone who is showing any of the symptoms of the illness may be asked to stay confined to their room for a 24-hour period to reduce the likelihood of spreading the illness.

When an illness occurs whilst you are on holiday, it can be detrimental to the enjoyment of the holiday, and the illness can last the duration of the holiday, ruining the entire experience, and can possibly last even longer, making it difficult to return back to work straight away on your return.

How can I avoid becoming ill on holiday?

There are several ways in which you can avoid getting ill whilst you are on holiday:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have relevant injections

When travelling to a foreign country, you must take into consideration the different diseases which may prevail in the new environment. Exotic diseases such as malaria and yellow fever can be avoided quite simply by going to the doctor’s surgery to have preventative [+ travel injections+].

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p<>{color:#000;}. Be careful with food and water

Make sure you carefully consider what you are eating whilst you are on holiday. Try to avoid particularly prevalent hazard foods such as seafood, uncooked foods and foods which have been kept warm for a long period of time, such as at a buffet. It is also advisable to drink bottled water instead of tap water, and to use this for brushing your teeth and washing food.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Avoid disease carrying insects

If you are going abroad, you are likely to encounter come disease carrying insects such as mosquitos and other small insects. To avoid being bitten, you can keep your arm and legs covered in early morning and evening, check your clothes for insects before putting them on, and use repellent. You can also keep them away from your room by making sure to turn off the lights in your room at night, and avoid wearing bright clothing, as these are things which insects are attracted to.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Take care of your general health

If you take of your general health before going on holiday and whilst you are on holiday, you will boost your immune system and you will be less prone to getting ill. This involves eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, drinking a lot of safe water to stay hydrated, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. On top of this, it is highly advisable to rest when needed, particularly in hot weather, and ensure that you don’t drink too much alcohol.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Protect yourself from the sun

Although enjoying the sun and warm weather is a major part of your holiday, it can be dangerous to expose yourself to too much sun. If you are in the sun for hours at a time, you can get sunburn, become dehydrated or even get [+ heatstroke+]. To avoid this from happening, you should make sure you wear sun cream, wear a hat, and take regular breaks in the shade when you are sunbathing. It is also essential to stay hydrated by avoiding too much alcohol and drinking plenty of safe water.

Where am I most likely to get ill on holiday?

If you are worries about falling ill on holiday, it may be best to consider the figures regarding the likelihood of illness in different countries, and partially base your holiday destination around these figures.

Package holidays seem like a fantastic deal, with lower prices than usual and all-inclusive deals so you never have to worry about where you are going to eat. However, although the convenience of a package holiday is extremely appealing, the reality of it is that in such a place where chefs are under pressure to cook a large quantity of food, usually in buffet form which is likely to be kept warm for long periods of time, this can be a place for bacteria to fester, causing illness. One in five British tourists have become ill in the last year on an all-inclusive holiday where meals, snacks and drinks are all included within the price. Two thirds of these sufferers experienced symptoms of food poisoning such as an upset stomach, meaning that the main culprit of the illness was potentially the food preparation.

It is also more likely that you will fall ill if you go on a long haul trip, as the [+ environmental control process+] during a flight involves circulation of potentially bacterial air, and is likely to cause illness.

[+ The Daily Mail+] conducted a large number of surveys, yielding results to confirm the places holidaymakers are most likely to fall ill. The place which was rated as the worst for illness was Peru, for which two thirds of people who had visited said they had bene ill on their trip there.

Kenya was also shocking in terms of illness rates, as half of all visitors fell ill, as were 40% of people visiting India.

The Dominican Republic, Egypt, Tunisia, Mexico and China were also top of the list for places visitors are likely to fall ill.

In terms of Europe, it was found that visitors are less likely to fall ill in these destinations, so this may be a good choice if you are planning your next holiday. Other seemingly safe places to go on holiday were North America, and all the main Mediterranean holiday hotspots. The only exception to this was Turkey, and Corsica, where nearly a quarter of all people who had visited reported that they had been ill.

If you want to really play it safe, staying in England is reported to be the safest place to go on holiday without feeling ill, where only 5% of British holidaymakers choosing a destination in their own country fall ill whist on holiday.

When can I make a claim for holiday illness?

If you suffered an illness whilst on holiday it may have caused you a great deal of stress, making your holiday a horrible experience rather than the enjoyable one you were expecting. If the illness was not your fault, you may be able to apply for compensation. Although this will not recover the loss and stress of a potentially incredible holiday, compensation can ease the aftermath of the disappointment you felt in the holiday, also making you feel that you have been reimbursed for a holiday that you did not enjoy or make the most of. If you get ill on holiday, the sufferings may even last for a longer period of time than just the duration of the holiday itself. Illnesses on holiday can prolong once the holidaymaker is back in the UK, or in worst case scenarios, illnesses can even transpire into long term issues such as [+ chronic fatigue syndrome+] or [+ irritable bowel syndrome+].

The most common successful claims are usually made by holidaymakers who claim on the grounds of the breach of food hygiene rules. You may be able to make a claim if you have suffered because of the food from any bar, restaurant or room service you received whilst on holiday. The following behaviour would count as a breach of the hygiene requirements:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Handling food incorrectly

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p<>{color:#000;}. Inadequate storage of food, eg. Not meeting the correct storage temperature

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p<>{color:#000;}. Poor hygiene in food preparation places

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p<>{color:#000;}. Contaminated equipment or packaging coming into contact with food

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p<>{color:#000;}. Infestation of the food preparation area

However, successful claims have also been made on other grounds, such as the following complaints:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Poor hygiene and cleanliness around the pool area

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p<>{color:#000;}. Poor air conditioning

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p<>{color:#000;}. Infestation of animals or insects in the resort

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p<>{color:#000;}. Poor waste disposal regulations

What should I do if I am ill on holiday?

If you are in the unfortunate situation where you happen to fall ill on holiday, it is essential that you seek [+ medical advice+] as quickly as possible to confirm what the ailment is exactly, and what treatment you need in order to make sure that your recovery as fully and swiftly as possible.

Both medical experts and lawyers advise holidaymakers who fall ill to follow the following steps so that you are in a good position to make a claim on your arrival back home.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep a diary

If you become ill, it is essential to keep a record of your symptoms, appointments and treatment expenses. This will aid you in remembering the exact happenings when you are asked to report back for your case. Lawyers may also be able to match up your own happenings with others who may have experienced similar illnesses due to that particular resort. It is a good idea to report what you ate during your stay, which facilities you used and if anyone else in your party or at the resort also became ill during your stay.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Take photographs

To make a successful claim which is backed up with evidence, it is important to take photographs of any poor practise which takes place around the resort. This may include visibly poor hygiene, or infestation. If your ailments are physically visible it may also be worth taking photos as evidence of the extent of your illness.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep booking records

Make sure you know all the details of your holiday resort. This may include the dates the holiday was booked, the amount of money you paid for the holiday, the address of the resort, the dates you stayed at the resort, your room number etc. This will help the investigation should you need to make a claim after your holiday.

If you wish to apply for compensation, you will need to prove that the illness was the fault of the resort you were staying at as a pose to your own behaviour. This means that you will need to provide proof that your case is the fault of someone else. Sometimes it can be difficult to prove how your illness came about. To determine the cause of your illness, it may be necessary to work with a specialist medical expert who will be able to recognise the exact symptoms of illness which is caused by a hotel or cruise ship’s failings. Successful claims for holiday illnesses are usually based around a case in which a holidaymaker has been on a package holiday, and has eaten mainly within the resort.

How long does it take to make a holiday illness claim?

[+ Holiday illness claims+] usually take longer than a claim which is within the UK, because the tour operator legally will have 6 months to investigate your case.

The length of time it takes for a claim to be made is also highly dependent on the extent of the illness. If the illness prevails for longer than the duration of the holiday, it may be wise to delay making the claim until you know the extent of your illness.

On the other hand, if multiple cases of illness have been reported at the same resort, the claim is likely to be accepted more quickly, and it will take less time for you to receive the compensation.

For the most part, the length of time it takes for a holiday illness claim to be made is highly dependent on the person’s individual circumstances. However, as a general guide, an average holiday claim usually takes around 12 months.

Is there a time limit on making a claim?

If you fall ill on holiday, the stress and disappointment of the holiday may mean that applying for compensation is the last thing on your mind when, causing a delay in making a claim. If you feel that you have a case to make a claim for a holiday illness it is usually best to report the illness as quickly as possible after the holiday. However, there are many varying factors in deciding the time limit for a holiday claim to be made, so it is best to seek the advice of a professional to assess your individual case.

How do I make a claim?

If you are looking to make a holiday illness claim, it is advisable to seek the advice of a professional lawyer. They will be able to guide you through the step by step process of making the claim. This will involve compiling evidence that the holiday illness occurred and was the result of the resort you stayed at, assessing the strength of your case and how much compensation you are likely to receive, and the likelihood of you winning the case.

How will I fund my case?

Funding often holds people back on making a case for claiming on a holiday illness. However, there are options to consider if you are worried about your financial situation before you make a claim. No Win No Fee agreements allow people to make a case, ensuring that they will only pay fees if their case is won. A specialist lawyer will be able to help you to decide on the strength of the case, and will be able to aid you with a NO Win No Fee agreement if they think you have a strong case.

A No Win No Fee agreement will start with a lawyer assessing your case. Once the agreement has been made, the lawyer will be able to compile your evidence and will start making the claim with you. You can be sure that you won’t be put in a difficult financial position, because you will not have to pay anything if the case is not won. If the case is won, you will pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation to the lawyers service.

After the initial discussion and agreement is made, you will be well on the way to making a claim and receiving the compensation you deserve for the holiday illness.


Making a Holiday Illness Claim

Planning a holiday of any kind is a fun and exciting experience. Holidaymakers all have the expectation of sun and sea, lively activities and creating unforgettable moments. Going on holiday can often be a fantastic experience for a family, a couple or a group of friends; a getaway to a foreign country can be just the ticket to a break from your usual stressful and busy life. However, sometimes the dream of a wonderful holiday can very quickly turn into a horrible nightmare if someone of your party becomes ill whilst you are away. Unfortunately, the prospect of illness occurring on holiday is more likely than we want to believe due to being in a different environment, with substantial changes in your usual diet and environment.

  • Author: sgea7768
  • Published: 2017-01-10 17:20:07
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