If you have ever been abroad and suffered from a ‘bad tummy’ while you have been away, you are most certainly not alone. Conservative estimates put the number of people affected by so-called traveller’s diarrhoea at between 20% of those who travel abroad to a huge 60%. The condition can be caused by all manner of things but the vast majority come from a bacterium of some kind. Food that is poorly cooked or stored, or kept at a low temperature for a long time or reheated is most at risk of harbouring such bacteria and causing problems.
The majority of incidents of traveller’s diarrhoea don’t last for longer than a day or two. However some can last longer and require treatment of some kind, with a few severe cases requiring hospitalisation. A lot can depend on the person affected and the particular strain of bacteria (or virus or parasite) that has caused the problem to occur in the first place.
Is there good cause to claim compensation for food poisoning?
There can be, yes. It is important to note that most establishments serving food take great care in following all the correct procedures. This applies to hotels, restaurants and other outlets both in the UK and abroad. However there is always the chance that hazards can arise if food is not treated in the proper manner. If improper care is taken or the right procedures are not followed, it is possible to experience food poisoning, otherwise referred to as traveller’s diarrhoea.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline and consult with professional lawyers today
It is always unfortunate and uncomfortable to suffer from sickness and/or diarrhoea. However if you suffer as a result of traveller’s diarrhoea that was brought on by food poisoning, you may have an opportunity to make a compensation claim.
It can be difficult trying to assess whether you have a right to claim or not, which is why we would recommend you contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We can provide you with the advice you need via our free 24/7 enquiry line. Alternatively you may wish to get a general idea of whether you have a case or not by taking our 30-second online test. In less than a minute you could ascertain whether to call us for more information about a no win, no fee case. Contact us now – we are here to help.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown