Have you been a victim of any holiday accidents?
When you’re jetting off on holiday abroad with friends or family, the last thing you want is to be bogged down with sickness. Holidaymakers who have fallen ill with food poisoning may be entitled to claim travel accident compensation depending on the circumstances of their illness.
Can you claim travel accident compensation for food poisoning holiday accidents?
Holiday packages booked through UK travel agencies are protected under UK law. This means that if you suffer from food poisoning because of food you have eaten at your hotel, or while travelling, it is more likely that your holiday-related case will be successful.
A few points to consider
As with the majority of personal injury claims, the illness must have occurred on a holiday that took place in the last three years. Compensation providers are unlikely to take on holiday illness claims that are older than this.
You will also need to prove that your illness was in no way your fault. When booking through a UK travel agency, the company has a duty to ensure your health and safety when you are travelling abroad. When your illness occurs as a result of hotel food, or food eaten during your travels, this falls under their area of responsibility.
Not only will your claim be considered due to illness, you also need to factor in the loss of enjoyment during your stay and therefore wasted money.
How to support your claim
There are a few pieces of documentation that will aid your claim, this includes photographs of the food-related incident (for example the all-inclusive buffet, restaurant standards, or kitchen cleanliness).
If you have received treatment for your holiday illness, be sure to keep official records of this for both during your time abroad and following your return to the UK. Both will be highly beneficial in strengthening your case.
Law firms that can help you
Due to the complexities surrounding travel accident compensation claims, it is worth approaching a law firm who will assist you in processing your claim.
Accident Advice Helpline combine their thirteen years experience, and extensive legal team, to ensure that the most suitable solicitor deals with your holiday illness claim efficiently.
On Accident Advice Helpline’s website you will find a compensation calculator that assists in determining whether your claim is both eligible and worth pursuing.
From there, their dedicated team will assist you, via telephone, on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: November 26, 2013
Author: David Brown