When out and about in the UK, especially in the summer months, you do expect to suffer from one or two insect bites. Usually these do not cause any problems other than a little skin irritation, however, when abroad hornets and other insects can in fact cause severe holiday-related illness, including malaria.
The risks of stings from hornets
One of the last issues you consider as a basis for travel accident compensation claims are stings from hornets, but in fact, if your accommodation does not take reasonable steps to prevent you from disease-ridden insects, you may be able to claim for your holiday-related illness.
As well as severe the severe disease, malaria, which can be contracted through stings from hornets, the NHS also recommends that you seek urgent medical attention if you experience any of the following adverse symptoms following an insect bite or sting:
- wheezing or difficulty breathing
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- a fast heart rate
- dizziness or feeling faint
- difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- confusion, anxiety or agitation
This guidance is to be followed anywhere in the world; even if you sustain stings in the UK, it is important to call emergency services in the case that you experience any of the above reactions.
Preventing stings from hornets
There is often little you can do to protect yourself from insect bites and stings from hornets. That being said, most people sustain bites and stings when they are outside in natural environments.
If you are going away on holiday, visit your GP to ensure that you have received all necessary travel vaccinations before your trip. You can also buy nets and insect repellent to deter hornets and other insects.
In the case that you do encounter hornets or any other insect, try not to panic and, where possible, remove yourself from the area to prevent bites or stings from hornets.
Claiming travel accident compensation
If you have experienced insect bites, stings from hornets, or any other travel-related accidents, and you believe someone is to blame for the harm you have experienced, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
To determine liability and your eligibility to claim, call Accident Advice Helpline for a free initial consultation via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. We’re waiting to take your call, whenever is best for you.