When you’re on holiday overseas, the last thing you want is to suffer from food poisoning. Unfortunately, hot climates and less than stringent food hygiene practices can put holidaymakers at risk of being struck down with food poisoning after eating at their hotel or a local restaurant. Here are just a few examples of the types of things which could cause food poisoning:
- Failing to wash hands properly before preparing food
- Cooked meat and uncooked meat prepared in the same dish
- Storing meat or other food in hot conditions – i.e. failing to refrigerate it properly
- Using food past its use-by date
- Not cooking food properly
If you have been affected by food poisoning on holiday, the restaurant or hotel concerned may try to offer you some form of compensation, usually in the form of a refund or free meal. However if you are interested in claiming compensation for overseas food poisoning, you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer.
How do I know it’s food poisoning?
If you have been struck down by food poisoning on holiday, you will usually experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Stomach cramps
Normally, symptoms take between 12 to 48 hours to develop but in some cases, such as campylobacter poisoning, it can take up to 10 days for symptoms to appear. It usually takes a few days to get better and it is important to stay hydrated, particularly if you experience vomiting or diarrhea.
If you are not better within 48 hours, you may need to seek medical help, which could incur costs. Provided you have booked a package holiday (rather than organising your flight and accommodation separately), you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation through your tour operator.Open Claim Calculator
Why choose Accident Advice Helpline
When it comes to claiming compensation for overseas food poisoning, you want to know you can trust the personal injury lawyer you choose.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’re also proud to have received a recommendation from our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. With 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, you know you can trust us to provide you with the very best possible service.
So if you or a member of your family has been affected by food poisoning on holiday, pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today – we are here 24/7 to take your call.