A bout of extreme gastroenteritis can soon put paid to a dream holiday. If you’ve been involved in a travel accident, or you’ve developed an illness as a result of negligence on the part of your tour operator, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could claim compensation.
What is extreme gastroenteritis?
Extreme gastroenteritis is a severe form of diarrhoea and vomiting. In most cases, extreme gastroenteritis is linked to a bacterial or viral infection. Bacterial cases may be caused by food poisoning. As well as diarrhoea and vomiting, you may also experience fatigue, headaches, a sore throat and dehydration.
In milder cases of gastroenteritis, treatment is not usually necessary. In cases of extreme gastroenteritis, you may need to seek medical advice. If you have a very high temperature, you can’t keep fluids down or you start to feel faint or dizzy, call your doctor.
Dehydration is a common complication of vomiting and diarrhoea and it can make you feel very weak, confused and light-headed. Treatments which may help include rehydration salts, a fluid drip and anti-vomiting medication.
Can I claim compensation if I have food poisoning on holiday?
If you were eating at a hotel which is the responsibility of a UK travel agency, and you have proof that your illness was caused by negligence on the part of hotel staff, you may have a case for holiday accident compensation.
If you are thinking about claiming compensation, write down all the details of your illness and where you were staying and what you ate.
Ask other holidaymakers who are in the same boat to provide their contact details. Take photographs to support your claim if this is applicable, for example, if there is evidence of a dirty kitchen or poor hygiene in the restaurant.
How do I make a compensation claim?
If you’d like to pursue a compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. One of our helpful advisors will chat to you about your travel claim and if you meet the criteria, they will pass you on to one of our expert personal injury lawyers.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice