An Egyptian holiday ended badly for a Wigan man in 2012 when he contracted Shigella, a diarrhoea bug, while he was away. Five days into a week-long holiday he was struck down by classic symptoms of a stomach upset. However, he continued to suffer once he returned home, leading to hospitalisation and treatment in the UK for his condition. He turned out to have contracted Shigella, an infection that can be caught when proper hygiene methods are not adhered to. Poorly prepared and cooked food may also harbour the bacteria.
Upon returning home and being treated he contacted a lawyer who brought a successful claim for compensation on his behalf. When commenting on the experience the Wigan man stated he didn’t feel back to normal until several months after the infection.
Have you fallen ill on holiday?
We all look forward to our holidays. The last thing any of us wants is to fall ill while we are away. Unfortunately each year some people are struck down by vomiting bugs or gastric bugs of some kind that can completely ruin our holiday experience. In some cases, as in the case of the man above, these symptoms can persist even after you get home. It’s not just a case of being ill for a couple of days. Some infections and bugs, such as the Shigella infection suffered in this case, lead to the affected person suffering for many weeks and even months after the initial infection has become present. It is perfectly within your rights to claim compensation if you have been unfortunate enough to suffer in this way.
Claiming compensation for a holiday illness
If you have fallen ill while on holiday and you believe it may be due to poor hygiene at the location you are staying at, Accident Advice Helpline may be in a position to assist you. All it takes is a quick and free call to our 24/7 enquiry line to determine the facts of your case. If we determine you have a proper claim we can help you start a no win, no fee* claim against those responsible for your illness. Remember, our number is free so you can call once you return home or straight away from your holiday location. If you do have a case you can let us handle it on your behalf.
Source: Wigan Today
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown