How to Claim Compensation for E. coli on Holiday

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Paul Stevens

Senior Associate, Holiday Claims

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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.

For free legal advice get in touch with our Holiday Claims Solicitors. Ask if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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E. coli on Holiday

E. coli is a very common form of food poisoning on holiday, and often the result of a hotel or resort failing to meet basic food hygiene standards. So if you got sick with E. coli or another bacterial infection while on an all-inclusive holiday, our Holiday Claims Solicitors can advise if you have a claim.

At Simpson Millar, we’ve successfully represented hundreds of people who have fallen ill, many of which have suffered with E. coli or symptoms suspected of being E. coli.

Holiday destinations for which Simpson Millar have represented victims of E. coli type illness include:

  • Egypt
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Tenerife
  • Caribbean
  • Spain (Ibiza and Majorca)
  • Morocco

How Simpson Millar Can Help You

If you’ve paid a single price for a package holiday, covering everything including your flights, transfers and accommodation, your tour operator is responsible for your safety. And if you’ve booked an all-inclusive holiday, they’re directly responsible for ensuring hygiene standards at your accommodation are fit for purpose.

That means if you fall ill with E. coli, perhaps because meat wasn’t cooked thoroughly enough, or because food handlers observed unhygienic practices, you may have a claim for compensation.

If we take on your case, our Holiday Claims Solicitors will work to gather all relevant evidence, such as  evidence of hygiene failings at your resort, and any correspondence between you and a holiday rep or anyone else you spoke with about your illness.

We’ll arrange for you to undergo an independent medical assessment, which can identify your condition and your medical outlook, and approach the tour operator on your behalf to make a claim.

It may also be the case that we’re already dealing with similar cases from other holidaymakers who have also fallen ill at the same resort, which means we may be in a position to make a group action claim against a tour operator.

What is E. coli?

E. coli (Escherichia Coli) is a type of bacterial organism that can be found in the intestines. There are different kinds of E. coli, most of which are harmless, but others can cause serious infection.

E. coli 0157, for example, produces toxins that can lead to severe illness. A person with an E. coli 0157 infection may not start showing symptoms for around 3 or 4 days, but sometimes it can be up to 10 days for signs to become apparent.

It may also be called Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli or ETEC. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention ETEC is the leading cause of travellers’ diarrhoea.

The harmful varieties may be discovered by a laboratory analysis of your stool which can be arranged by your GP. If the laboratory is using the most up-to-date techniques, they are more likely to discover E. coli/ ETEC.

E. coli Symptoms

Common of symptoms of an E. coli infection can include:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea (often with bloody stools)
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue

E. coli symptoms can often persist for around a week to 10 days, but in the most severe cases, an infection can lead to serious health complications. For instance, some people may develop a kidney-related complication called haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Treatment for E. coli

The type of treatment you’ll need depends on what kind of infection you have. In the case of a gastric illness, the infection may go away by itself without the need for antibiotics. Drinking lots of water can be very effective in helping your body overcome the infection, as you may have lost lots of fluid as a result of diarrhoea. It’s best to consult your doctor, who will recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.

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