When you go on holiday, you put a lot of trust in your tour operator and the hotel you’re staying at. You trust them to ensure the environment you’re staying in is safe and hygienic, and that food is properly prepared in a safe environment. When things go wrong on holiday at your hotel, the results can be disastrous. Imagine spending your entire holiday laid up in bed with food poisoning or gastric illness, or worse, being admitted to hospital abroad to be treated for food poisoning? For some people, the symptoms of food poisoning continue after returning home to the UK, and they may need further medical treatment to make a full recovery.
Food poisoning can ruin a family holiday and leave you feeling very ill. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pains and fever. Whilst most people usually recover within a few days, if symptoms persist, you may need to see a doctor. You should always report cases of food poisoning to hotel staff and, if you booked a package holiday, to your tour operator, who should take your concerns seriously. Upon your return to the UK, you may wish to find out about claiming compensation for hotel food poisoning.
How does food poisoning occur?
There are a number of ways that food poisoning can occur when staying in a hotel abroad; here are a few of the most common:
- Food has not been stored properly – for example meat has not been refrigerated or cooked food has been left out in hot weather
- Food (usually poultry or other meat) has not been properly cooked and is still partially raw
- Unhygienic surroundings such as a dirty kitchen has led to contamination
Poor hygiene practices (such as no hand washing) has contaminate food
- Food has been left uncovered and animals have had access to it – for example if food is left out in a buffet restaurant and birds are allowed to fly in
Claiming compensation – how easy is it?
The good news is that you have every right to claim compensation for food poisoning if somebody else’s negligent behaviour has made you ill. Provided you booked a package holiday, compensation can be claimed from your tour operator, who is responsible for your health and safety whilst you’re on holiday at one of their resorts or hotels. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today and we promise you three things – Confidential, no-obligation advice, a 100% no win, no fee* service and the expertise of our team of personal injury lawyers. We’ve helped hundreds of people just like you get the compensation they deserve. Call us today – it’s free to call and we are open 24/7.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown