When planning the annual holiday, more and more people are opting for cruises. Cruises offer a huge range of benefits. Not only is there the prospect of seeing a variety of stunning sights but cruises are renowned for high quality food, drink and service.
Having a holiday ruined by illness can be devastating, but when the illness is the fault of the operator of the holiday, it can make a bad situation worse.
In the event that you have been the victim of an illness on holiday which was the fault of your tour operator then you have the right to make a claim for compensation with the help of Newport accident claim solicitors.
The cruise bug
In recent times, there have been many stories about cruise ship sickness bugs. In some cases, a virus known as Norovirus is to blame for these outbreaks of sickness. The virus is the same bug which can close hospital wards for months and although it is rarely fatal, it can cause painful cramping, severe sickness and diarrhoea, fever, headaches and dehydration.
Bugs such as Norovirus are extremely common in places like hospitals and cruise ships because of the number of people who are crammed together in a tight or confined space. Although the disease rarely begins on board, in that someone will bring it aboard, it is easily spread as the infected person touches their surroundings, coughs or operates poor hygiene.
Norovirus is extremely contagious and very easily spread. However, it can also be quickly stopped by taking a number of safety precautions, including regular cleaning, hand hygiene and quarantining of those who may be contagious: one reason why hospital wards with patients with Norovirus tend to be closed whilst the illness works itself out.
Many cruise operators have taken the cases of Norovirus extremely seriously, changing their policies, encouraging the use of hand sanitisers and adding to their cleaning regime.
The responsibility for the spread of Norovirus may or may not be the fault of the cruise operator, depending on the steps they took. They have a duty of care to ensure your health as a customer and if their efforts were lacklustre then your illness may be found to be as a direct result of their action or inaction. In this case, Newport accident claim solicitors can offer help.
In the event that you have been caught ill whilst on a cruise and you believe that your cruise operator did not take adequate measures to control the outbreak, then you have the right to make a claim for compensation through Newport accident claim solicitors.
Claiming through Newport accident claim solicitors
Starting a claim through Newport accident claim solicitors needn’t be a daunting experience. It is our belief that the process should be simple. Our 30-second test can quickly establish the validity of your claim whilst your claim will be handled by the experience and professionalism of Accident Advice Helpline.
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Date Published: 27th August 2017
Author: Jan Newell