One of the most common reasons people claim travel accident compensation is food poisoning, but what causes the adverse reactions and how can you protect yourself from becoming ill abroad?
About foodborne diseases
Foodborne diseases, also known as foodborne infections or simply, food poisoning, are caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses. There are hundreds of different types of microbes and pathogens, which can contribute to these diseases and they cause a wide range of symptoms. The most common types of foodborne disease are:
Food poisoning affects people in different ways and symptoms vary according to the type of infection; however, common symptoms include:
- Vomiting, which may be severe
Are foodborne diseases changing?
Foodborne diseases change on a constant basis and infections, such as typhoid and tuberculosis, which were prevalent 100 years ago, have become much less common. Nowadays, symptoms are usually associated with norovirus, new strains of bacteria and salmonella. Changes in environmental conditions, vaccination programmes, improvements in infection control and hygiene and advances in pasteurisation, have all contributed to lower rates of disease.
Preventing food poisoning abroad
It’s important to be wary of the risks of food poisoning wherever you are, but when you’re abroad in an unfamiliar place, it’s essential to be vigilant and to take care when eating. Ensure you drink bottled water, make sure meat is cooked through and don’t be afraid to send food back if it is not served piping hot. Look out for restaurants and cafés, which have certificates showing cleanliness and hygiene awards and avoid places that look dirty and run down.
Making a claim for food poisoning
If you’ve been ill as a result of food poisoning abroad, you may be entitled to make a travel accident claim or claim public liability compensation. If you think you have a valid case, call Accident Advice Helpline or log on to the Internet, visit the website and take the 30-second eligibility survey. Accident Advice Helpline has been in business since 2000 and has an excellent reputation for providing clients with a reliable and hassle-free service. This law firm has a team of experts with experience in handling public accident claims, travel accident compensation and work illness claims. The money you receive could help to relieve the burden of lost income and medical costs.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice