Holiday Illness Compensation Claims

You’ve packed your suitcase, loaded up the car and are about to board the plane after months of anticipation, waiting for that week or two that you can finally relax. The plane finally lands and as you exit you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and at last you know you are on holiday. The stunning sun and glorious heat provides you with a glimpse of what the next two weeks of your life will be like…

For some people those following days or weeks are far from that vision that they anticipated as they stepped from the plane. Instead of laying in the sun, swimming in the sea and enjoying cocktails by the pool, many find themselves laid in their hotel beds suffering from any number of viruses or stomach upsets that end up ruining both their holiday and the holidays of those with them.

Holiday Sickness Claims Guide

Developing such illnesses on holiday is fairly common and quite often more likely to happen on holiday than at home. There are reasons for this; firstly, it is believed that during your day to day life your body is constantly producing stress hormones that help you fight off infections. The theory is that as you relax the level of these stress hormones in your body drops, making you more susceptible to illness. The second reason is that in your home environment your body has adapted and become immune to certain bacteria and viruses, however, when you visit a foreign country your body is exposed to new bacteria and viruses.

What illnesses might I contract while on holiday?

Common claims for holiday sickness are:

Food poisoning
Salmonella
Staphylococcus aureus
E. coli
Campylobacter
Shigella
Clostridium botulinum bacteria
Legionnaire’s disease

How has the hotel caused my illness?

There are numerous things that the hotel can do that will increase the risk of you getting sick whilst you’re on holiday including:

Using non-filtered water to make ice cubes
Legionnaires disease caused by the ventilation system
Food being left out in heat
Poor kitchen hygiene practices
Use of unpasteurised milk and eggs
Insects contaminating food
Reheating food

Holiday Sickness Claims Procedure

Are there any time limits on making a claim? Yes, time limits do apply. If you are making a claim against a UK tour operator or travel agent then you have three years from the date of the holiday to begin legal proceedings. If the illness was caused from being on a boat or plane (e.g a cruise) then that time limit decreases to two years.


Package Holiday Sickness Claims

If your holiday wasn’t a package holiday then it is still possible to claim against the hotel, but the time limit on making a claim will depend on the country and their local laws.

Do I have a claim?

Not all illnesses suffered on holiday are the fault of your hotel or the tour operator as there are specific holiday sickness claims criteria to be applied, but whatever your situation I can look at your claim and determine whether I can take it further. It is important to speak to specialist holiday sickness claims solicitors about your potential on holiday illness claims. I work on a no-win no-fee basis and you can contact me on 01507 609027 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Subscribe to Updates
Subscribe to:
Like   Back to Top   Seen 7 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to Blog updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to Blog

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Lincolnshire firm fined after worker fell 7m from forklift truck

| 03rd August 2017 | Personal Injury

Lincolnshire firm fined after worker fell 7m from forklift truck A worker suffered serious injuries when he fell while carrying out maintenance work at a Lincolnshire seafood processing factory, a jury was told. Virginius Kurselis was standing inside a box held up by a forklift truck when he fell seven metres while painting at the Fishgate Ltd factory at Brookenby near Market Rasen. Mr Kurselis spent four weeks on hospital and underwent two operations as a result of injuries he received as a result of the fall in July 2013. His left leg was shattered and his right foot was broken. He also suffered a cracked pelvis and a dislocated right arm. Robert Stevenson, prosecuting, said that Mr Kurselis was employed as a packer but was asked to paint gutterings and down pipes in preparation for a visit from a customer. Mr Kurselis initially used a ladder but changed and stood in a box which was lifted by a forklift truck to the required height. Mr Stevenson said: “Unfortunately the box tipped forward and Mr Kurselis fell. “Mr Kurselis was employed as a factory operative. His role was as a packer but on the day he was asked to do some painting. “The company was expecting a visit from a new customer and wanted the building to look more presentable. “He wasn’t given any training as to how to safely carry out that work. “There was an absence of any instruction and there was an absence of any supervision.” Fishgate Ltd of Brookenby Business Park, Binbrook, denied a charge of failing to discharge a duty of health, safety and welfare of an employee. The firm was convicted by a jury following a short trial and fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £19,032 prosecution costs The company is currently in administration and was not represented in court. Recorder Paul Mann QC, passing sentence, said: “Mr Kursilis was given no advice as to how to do this safely and no equipment apart from a tin of paint and a brush. “This was an accident waiting to happen. “He was very badly injured. He could so easily have been killed.”   Lincolnshire Reporter...

Worker loses fingers fixing a gate

| 28th July 2017 | Personal Injury

Company fined £8,000 after worker loses fingers fixing a gate A company has been fined £8,000 with cost of £2,080 following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the loss of an employee’s two middles fingers. After LKAB Minerals (Richmond) Ltd’s main entrance gate broke, they assigned the worker to fix it, during which both his fingers were severed. The HSE found the company failed to: • identify the risks of the worker doing this task • devise safety measures to ensure a safe way of working • provide information, instruction and training regarding the task • ensure the workers has the correct supervision and monitoring LKAB Minerals pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court. LexisNexis and LNB News...

BT to pay damages to worker electrocuted by power line

| 10th July 2017 | Personal Injury

BT to pay damages to worker electrocuted by power line The claimant, cherry picker operator Ian Milroy, was injured by a ‘very high voltage electrocution’ while working as repair hoist operator for BT in August 2009. He and a colleague were checking a fault on a carrier pole, elevated in a cherry picker mounted on the back of a transit van. While moving the vehicle to allow a horse-rider to pass, Mr Milroy came into contact with the high-voltage power line. He suffered a cardiac arrest and a seizure, along with severe burns, fractures to his back and a brain injury. He has no memory of the accident, and has since experienced anxiety and depression. His lawyers sued BT on his behalf, but the company denied blame for the accident. At a hearing in February 2015, Mr Justice William Davis found BT two-thirds responsible for the accident, and ruled that the training given to Mr Milroy had not been adequate. On 26 June 2017, Judge David Pittaway QC approved a final settlement of Mr Milroy’s claim. The amount of the payment was confidential, but is a substantial sum given the extent of his injuries. Lexis Nexis and LNB News...

Worker's Hand Crushed At Work

| 12th May 2017 | Blogging

Steel firm fined £217,000 after worker’s hand is crushed Cardiff-based steel manufacturing company Rom Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations after a worker suffered crush injuries to his hand. A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the company failed to identify the risks associated with workers manually operating a machine, and that steps were not taken to ensure the machine was correctly guarded. The worker was removing leftover steel from a machine called the Koch Straightener when he trapped his hand between the rotating rollers inside the machine. He suffered serious crush injuries to his hand and lost the top of his right index finger. Rom Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, SI 1998/2306, r 11, and has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,200.63.   LNB News and Lexisnexis...