Your summer holidays -or holidays at any other time of the year, for that matter- should be about enjoyment and relaxation – after all, you’ve worked hard all year in order to afford a break!
Whether your idea of the perfect holiday is lazing on a sunny beach in Spain or riding elephants in Thailand, there’s one thing guaranteed to ruin even the most idyllic break – food poisoning.
Unfortunately, a holiday ruined by food poisoning is something that many people have experienced, and it’s usually caused by poor hygiene standards in your accommodation. This combined with hot weather can leave you feeling terrible, suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and, if you’re not careful, severe dehydration.
If your holiday has been ruined by food poisoning, you’re probably wondering whether there’s anything you can do. The good news is, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What has caused your food poisoning?
Poor food hygiene standards are to blame – but what does this mean? Any of the following could have led to your food poisoning:
- Poor hand washing practices
- Dirty kitchen surfaces, utensils and general kitchen area
- Unsanitary buffet – for example, uncovered dishes where birds are allowed to fly onto the terrace and contaminate food
- Pest infestation
- Failing to cook food properly
- Cross-contamination between cooked and raw meat
- Using food past its use-by date
- Not refrigerating food properly or leaving food out in the open uncovered for long periods of time
If you have been struck down by food poisoning, it’s important to contact your tour operator as soon as possible – you’ll also want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer to find out if you could claim compensation.
There’s no obligation, so get in touch
When you call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. You can simply call us for confidential advice and answers to any questions you may have about the claims process, and if you do decide to claim compensation for your ruined holiday, our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you won’t have to part with any more of your hard-earned cash.
We know that you’re probably feeling pretty annoyed and upset right now, but we aim to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible – we’ve been helping people claim compensation for food poisoning on holiday since 2000, and we have an expert team of personal injury lawyers.
Date Published: February 12, 2015
Author: David Brown