Salmonella Holiday Illness Claims
Claiming for Salmonella Food Poisoning Illness from Tour Operators
At Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors we appreciate that holiday makers save long and hard
for their trips abroad. Travellers who suffer a salmonella holiday illness are entitled
to claim compensation if the infection was caused by the negligence of their tour
operator or its hotel supplier.
Our expert claims specialists can help you claim compensation by pursuing a salmonella
holiday illness claim via a ‘no win no fee’ funding arrangement.
Holiday makers who instruct our Holiday Illness Claims Team will be guided through
all the steps of the claims process. We will keep you advised of the required stages
from first instruction through to settlement
Salmonella - Facts about your Bacterial Holiday Sickness Bug
Salmonella food poisoning is experienced by many holiday makers
who travel abroad to destinations such as Egypt – Mexico – Maldives – Cuba –
Tunisia and the Dominican Republic.
Holiday illnesses caused by salmonella infection are often picked up by eating or
drinking contaminated food or water, or both. Many holiday makers
return to the UK angry that their holiday turned out to be a holiday from hell.
Salmonella food poisoning is caused by:
- Eating contaminated food which is not safe nor fit for human consumption
- Consuming undercooked hotel food such as raw chicken - beef - eggs and unpasteurised
- Hand to mouth infection direct from people carrying the salmonella holiday bug or
from touching infected surfaces (oral-faecal route), and
- Poor food hygiene practices by hotel food handlers (cross contamination)
Establishing a Salmonella Compensation Claim
If you complain to your tour operator's legal team directly after
suffering from a bout of salmonella food poisoning you are unlikely to be treated
as an individual but as a statistic. We have been approached by
many holiday makers who became frustrated by excuses and unexplained
delays, together with attempts to under settle salmonella
holiday claims with vouchers.
Holiday companies often insist that holiday makers prove their illnesses were caused
by the food served or unsanitary conditions at hotels. If you were staying at a
hotel on an all-inclusive board basis, and you are adamant you did not eat outside
the hotel complex for the 72 hour period prior to the onset of your symptoms, your
illness claim should be relatively straightforward.
If you are able to prove that the tour operator or its hotel supplier was at fault,
its in-house lawyers will endeavour to dispose of your holiday sickness claim for
as little compensation as possible. Holiday vouchers or monetary compensation at
a fraction of your salmonella illness claim's true value are often put to travellers'
who write to tour operators directly.
If you have suffered from a bout of salmonella food poisoning due to the neglect
or fault of your tour operator or its hotel supplier, we can help you
claim the compensation that you rightly deserve.
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors are able to claim compensation for those travellers’ whose
salmonella food poisoning symptoms lasted more than 7 days – you are entitled to
recover damages for both the acute phase and the recovery period of your holiday
illness. Given the severity of salmonella food poisoning infections most illnesses
of this nature last at least 10 days until the victim is fully recovered.
Contact one of our Salmonella Food Poisoning Claims Specialists
if you have suffered from a debilitating bout of illness whilst abroad. Do not put
up with the hygiene failings of your tour operator or their hotel supplier.
Call now on 0808 145 1353 or complete our no-obligation
online enquiry form
Salmonella Infection - Beware of the Tour Operator's Excuse!
To determine the actual cause of this type of infection, especially as it can be
contracted from several sources, is extremely difficult. If your holiday illness
was due to any lack of proper care being taken in the hotel’s kitchens, restaurants
etc, then we would expect a large number of customers in residence to have experienced
sickness. However, we can confirm that there was no salmonella outbreak at your
hotel during your holiday.
If you suffer symptoms of salmonella food poisoning on holiday
you should report it immediately to your Holiday Representative and insist on seeing
an independent doctor. Do not accept their standard rhetoric about picking up some
mysterious airborne virus – insist on expert medical treatment
which may salvage the remainder of your holiday and prevent long term illness problems.
Salmonella Food Poisoning Information:
The diagnosis: Holiday illnesses produced by different species
of Salmonella are collectively known as Salmonellosis. The 2 most
common species of Salmonella experienced by holiday makers abroad include salmonella
enteritidis and salmonella typhi.
Symptoms include: Gastroenteritis, enteric (typhoid) fever
or septicaemia – holiday makers should look out for profuse diarrhoea
- headaches - rash - fever - blood in stools - vomiting and lethargy.
Usual incubation period: Salmonella food poisoning is the most
common form of salmonellosis and generally requires a 6 to 48 hours incubation period.
Duration of holiday illness: The illness can last for several days
or weeks. A small percentage of children under 5 may carry the bacteria for 12 months
after the onset of their illness.
Prevention: Choose food from the buffet very carefully – always
ensure that fish and meat such as chicken and beef is thoroughly cooked. Do not
consume food that has been contaminated by insects or wild birds as they often feed
on raw sewage.
Tour operators should ensure that hotel food handlers are educated on the importance
of hand washing before, during and after, food preparation. The
risk of cross contamination of cooked and raw produce should be eliminated if hotel
owners follow basis health and safety procedure (HACCP).
Holiday makers can reduce the risk of Salmonellosis themselves by washing their
hands before eating particularly after visiting the toilet - salmonella food poisoning
can be spread from person to person via the oral faecal route.
Parents should pay scrupulous attention when washing hands after changing nappies
in infants with diarrhoea to avoid spreading salmonella infection to themselves
and other family members.
Salmonella Illness - Hotel Illness Watch
Salmonella on Holiday?
We monitor the following hotels for outbreaks of illness, particularly those incidences
caused by salmonella food poisoning. The prevalence of salmonellosis contracted
in certain resorts can be higher than in most other holiday destinations visited
by UK tourists.
Salmonella Holiday Illness Compensation Enquiry
If your family has been affected by illness at your hotel or onboard your cruise-ship
then contact us today on Freephone: 0808 145 1353 for free advice.
Our Salmonella Holiday Claims Specialists offer a "no win no fee" service.