Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors Personal Injury Lawyers are specialists in travel litigation and holiday illness compensation claims. Our qualified team of experts have successfully pursued holiday claims for hundreds of unhappy holidaymakers who were subjected to illness abroad. The manager’s of our firms Holiday Illness Claims team alone have spent over 30 years dealing with salmonella – cryptosporidium - e coli - shigella – campylobacter and numerous other foreign illness claims. We know the travel industry inside out.
If you suffered from any type of holiday illness and would like more information about making a claim for compensation, call the team for advice on:
Reports on compensation awards made by the courts of England and Wales were released on 2nd September 2010.The latest guidelines state how much can you claim for your holiday illness:
£25,250 to £34,500 - Severe gastric illness with bouts of acute pain, vomiting and diarrhoea requiring hospital admission for days or weeks resulting in continuing symptoms which impact on life.
£6,300 to £12,600 - Serious but short lived bouts of food poisoning diminishing over a two year period with continuing discomfort and disturbance of bowel function.
£,600 to £6,300 - Food poisoning symptoms which last for a few weeks but complete recovery within 2 years
£600 to £2,600 - Varying degrees of disabling pain, cramps and diarrhoea lasting several weeks
Holiday Illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses or other parasites infecting the gastrointestinal tract, which is made up of the Stomach - Large and Small Intestines - Esophagus - Anus and Mouth. Gastric infection is not normally life-threatening, but it does cause people to have diarrhoea.
Gastrointestinal infections are often caused by food poisoning, which occurs when infectious agents create toxins in food that is handled or stored improperly. Common bacteria and parasites that cause the infection are Campylobacter – Salmonella - E. coli – Giardiasis - Amebiasis and Cryptosporidium.
If you suffer from a bacterial or parasitic illness, including food poisoning on holiday, Simpson Millar Personal Injury Specialists can help you claim the compensation you deserve for your ruined holiday.
There are a number of colloquialisms for travellers’ diarrhoea, Kurtz Hurtz and Mummy’s Tummy. However, the term ‘travellers’ diarrhoea’ is a condition often caused by bacterial infections from contaminated food. The symptoms can be severe – profuse diarrhoea – stomach cramps – headaches and fever. The enjoyment of a holiday is likely to be curtailed by bacteria, the most common being e coli and salmonella food poisoning, and so damages can be substantial. If a holiday illness leads to a secondary condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Reactive Arthritis we will ensure you are compensated appropriately.
Tour companies often insist that holidaymakers prove that their illness was caused by the food served or unsanitary conditions at their hotel. If holidaymakers were staying at a hotel on an all-inclusive board basis, and they are adamant they did not eat outside the hotel complex for the 72 hour period prior to the onset of their symptoms, their holiday illness compensation claim should be relatively straightforward.
Simpson Millar Specialists are able to claim compensation for those travellers’ whose holiday illness or 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 illness. Given the severity of food borne holiday infections most illnesses of this nature last at least 10 days before its victims are 100% recovered.
Your claim will be supported by experts in a variety of fields ranging from gastroenterology to experts in foreign health and safety standards. Our Holiday Travel team will work closely with foreign counterparts to ensure your illness claim is successful.
If you have been ill on a package holiday through no fault of your own and your holiday was a disaster then get in touch to find out more about making a compensation claim.
Our holiday compensation lawyers know how to win claims. Our knowledge of the travel industry means that the tour operators find it difficult to defend claims and avoid paying compensation.
Speak to a Holiday Illness Compensation Claims Specialist today for advice if any member of your family experienced sickness whilst abroad on a package holiday. We can help you claim the compensation you rightly deserve for your holiday from hell.
Our team of legal specialists are ready to speak to you about your holiday complaint. Call us free on 0808 145 1353 or complete our quick enquiry form now.