Unfortunately for many UK holidaymakers seeking a relaxing holiday abroad, outbreaks of illness in package holiday resorts are common.
In many cases, hotel guests are left suffering symptoms including sickness and diarrhoea which can quickly ruin a holiday.
Tour operators regularly argue that outbreaks of sickness on holiday are simply caused by too much food, sun or even too much alcohol. Yet in most cases, the real cause is linked to poor food or hygiene standards within a package holiday hotel.
In this article, our expert team of travel law lawyers at Your Holiday Claims look at how you can find the most common sources of illness on holiday.
Watch out for undercooked or lukewarm food
Undercooked meat served in all-inclusive resorts is one of the most common causes of illness on holiday.
Tell-tale signs of poor food hygiene standards within all-inclusive restaurants include uncooked meat being added to cooked meat, food left out on display to go cold and flies or insects covering food.
If you believe your illness may have been caused by poor food standards within your hotel, take photos of the condition of the restaurant. These could be used if you decide to bring a claim against your tour operator on your return home.
Check what lurks in the water
Unclean swimming pool water leads to hundreds of tourists falling sick on holiday every year.
Our UK leading holiday illness claims solicitors would always recommend avoiding swimming pool water which appears to be unclean or murky. Swallowing contaminated swimming pool water can cause serious illness and lead to holidaymakers requiring medical treatment during their stay abroad.
Most travellers are now aware of the advice to only drink bottled water when holidaying abroad. However, it is also important to avoid ice in drinks if you are not sure where the water has come from.
Just one more thing…
If you’re unsure what caused you to suffer illness on holiday, speak to other guests at your resort.
If you have both suffered similar symptoms of illness, there may be a common cause of your symptoms.
Exchanging contact details may also help your claim on your return to the UK. Where a sickness outbreak has affected numerous hotel guests, a group holiday illness claim can be brought against the tour operator.
This can make it much more difficult for the tour operator to deny any liability for the illness in resort.
Your Holiday Claims can help you claim the compensation you deserve
At Your Holiday Claims, our dedicated solicitors have over 50 years’ combined experience in travel law. Every year, we help holidaymakers receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages for outbreaks of illness abroad.
To find out how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve, call us on 0330 100 2851.
Or simply complete our quick holiday claim contact form and a solicitor will be in touch with you within 24 hours.