How much do you really know about food poisoning on holiday?

A holiday should be the perfect opportunity to relax while having fun with friends and family. Unfortunately, many people suffer illness due to food poisoning which can ruin their trip. When it comes to food poisoning on holiday, most common causes of illness include:-

  • Uncooked food
  • Poor standards of hygiene and food preparation areas
  • Buffet food left out for long periods of time in high temperatures
  • Undue care from kitchen and catering staff
  • Unhygienic swimming pools
  • Poor sanitation

Food poisoning is, in the main, an illness caused by eating contaminated food especially when overseas. Symptoms can range from mild problems such as vomiting and stomach cramps to life-threatening illnesses. There are preventative measures you can take to avoid illness when on holiday, like avoiding food that has:

  • Not been cooked thoroughly
  • Not been stored at the correct room temperature
  • Not been prepared hygienically
  • Been reheated incorrectly
  • Been left open to pests such as insects, vermin and birds

Food poisoning symptoms tend to begin a couple of days after eating contaminated food, although they can occur within hours or even weeks later.

What to look out for

Holiday illness related to food poisoning can ruin a getaway for everyone. Whether it’s a two week holiday, mid-week break or long weekend, if you’re a victim of food poisoning, symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle aches
  • Raised temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain

Remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, have plenty of rest, then think about claiming compensation.

Why not claim holiday illness compensation?

If you have suffered from food poisoning on holiday, there’s a chance you can claim holiday illness compensation. Many people believe that to make a claim it needs to be through their package/all-inclusive holiday company, this isn’t the case.

To help back-up your claim, document every step with photos, witnesses and even proof you received medical treatment while on holiday. If it can be proved that your illness has been caused through negligence, go ahead with a food poisoning on holiday compensation claim with us here at Mackrell & Thomas. The amount of compensation you’re able to claim will often depend on the severity of your illness. We have more than 35 years of experience helping clients claim compensation for personal injury.