How to Claim Compensation for E. coli on Holiday
If you or a member of your family suffered from E. coli at a holiday hotel or on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation from the holiday tour operator or the cruise line.
Have you or your family had a holiday ruined after being struck by illness or sickness on holiday or by a food poisoning outbreak at a hotel? If so then our Holiday Claims Solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Food poisoning on holiday is mainly caused by a bacterial infection, it is not an airborne virus or a bug as some tour operators have claimed.
Anyone who has suffered from food poisoning on holiday abroad will know only too well what a horrible experience it is. The last thing you want is your holiday ruined by illness especially if you have young children.
Food poisoning at a holiday hotel or resort can be easily avoided if food is cooked thoroughly and basic food hygiene practices are followed. Food poisoning at hotels is unacceptable.
Do not accept any offers of compensation until you have taken legal advice from a Solicitor who specialises in food poisoning claims as you could undervalue your claim.
The information below is a guide to the common food poisoning symptoms and the different types of illness you may pick up whilst on holiday abroad.
Food poisoning can develop rapidly and within an hour or slowly and over a matter of weeks depending on the infection.
Typical symptoms of food poisoning can include mild or severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, aching muscles and joints, headaches, dizziness and confusion, vomiting, flu symptoms, rigors, hot and cold chills, a stiff neck.
But food poisoning can also lead to more serious secondary conditions such as an Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Reactive Arthritis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The most common types of holiday illness and sickness our Holiday Claims Solicitors deal with as a result of poor hotel hygiene or food poisoning include:
Our Solicitors also pursue food poisoning and illness claims involving unusual diseases such as:
Caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. It is passed on by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with faeces from an infected person. Note: ice cubes are a potential source and so is salad washed in tap water.
Typhoid does not affect animals and therefore transmission is only from human to human. Typhoid can only spread in environments where human faeces or urine are able to come into contact with food or drinking water
Amoebiasis is usually transmitted by the faecal-oral route but can be transmitted indirectly through contact with dirty hands or objects, i.e. door knobs, food handling utensils, toilet handles.
Amoebic dysentery is often confused with "traveller's diarrhoea" because of its prevalence in developing nations. In fact, most traveller's diarrhoea is bacterial or viral in origin
Giardia infection can occur through ingestion of contaminated water, food, or by the faecal-oral route (through poor hygiene practices).
The Giardia cyst can survive for months in warm water and therefore can be present in contaminated wells and water systems, especially stagnant water sources such as naturally occurring ponds, pools and storm water storage systems
It may also occur in city reservoirs and persist after water treatment, as the Giardia cysts are resistant to conventional water treatment methods such as chlorination
In addition to waterborne sources, faecal-oral transmission can also occur, for example in children’s holiday clubs, where children may have poor hygiene practices. Those who work with children are also at risk of being infected, as are family members of infected individuals.
Giardia affects humans, but is also one of the most common parasites infecting cats, dogs and birds.
Noroviruses are transmitted directly through person to person or indirectly via contaminated water and food. The source of waterborne outbreaks may include water from tap water supplies, wells, swimming pools and ice machines
Shellfish and salads are the foods most often implicated in Norwalk outbreaks. Ingestion of raw or insufficiently steamed oysters poses a high risk for infection with the Norwalk virus
Foods other than shellfish can be contaminated by ill food handlers
Most commonly transmitted by the faecal-oral route via contaminated food or drinking water. In developing countries, and in regions with poor hygiene standards, the incidence of infection with this virus is high.
Our Holiday Claims Solicitors pursue compensation claims on behalf of holiday makers returning to the UK from:
These holiday destinations are featured by the UK’s leading tour operators including:
All of whom offer summer and winter all-inclusive hotel package holidays.
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