Can You Make a Claim for Holiday Sickness?


Every year, people take a break away from the daily grind, finding relaxation in a variety of holiday settings, both in the UK and abroad. No matter the destination, if any one of your group becomes sick whilst away, the results can totally devastate the holiday experience for one or even all of the holidaymakers.

All-inclusive or package holidays are advertised at one overall price for a holiday which typically includes everything such as flights, accommodation, food and drink. If any member of the group becomes ill whilst on an all-inclusive holiday as a result of the package provided by the operator, a claim may be made for compensation, as the holiday has failed to be as advertised.

The Food Standards Agency, FSA have just conducted research which highlights the incidence of food poisoning in the UK from known pathogens such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, as well as the key sources they originate from such as poultry, which was the key culprit for food poisoning, causing 244,000 cases of illness each year and vegetables, which were the second chief source totaling 48,000 cases every year.

Other sources of holiday sickness include Legionnaire’s Disease, E-coli, Gastroenteritis, Shigellosis, Salmonella and Cryptosporidium just to name a few. The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 came into being to insure customers against different types of sickness which can be caught whilst on holiday. The travel operator may be pursued for compensation in the event of negligence causing sickness as a result of a package holiday.

Package holidays are defined as one inclusive price for a set period of time on holiday, which typically includes food, drink, accommodation and flights where one price is paid for the advertised break. The regulations were brought into being to protect holidaymakers who do not receive the holiday exactly as advertised on the operator’s website or brochure.

If sickness has devastated your holiday, why not call and speak with an expert who can talk to you about your experience and assess whether or not you can make a claim? They’ll be able to let you know what you may be entitled to and what it takes to make a claim for holiday sickness.


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