Food Poisoning Claims On Holiday
Leading Personal Injury Lawyers London
Food poisoning is dangerous and can cause significant injury to those who ingest food that has been contaminated. Our personal injury lawyers specialise in helping those who have suffered food poisoning on holiday. We will help establish if you have claim and act on your behalf in bringing a claim.
Sophie Davies Partner
What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning is dangerous and can cause significant injury to those who ingest food that has been contaminated and can be fatal for babies, young children and the elderly. It can also be dangerous for pregnant women, people who are already due to a medical condition or are recovering from medical illness.
There are many ways that food can be contaminated including microbes, bacteria, parasites, poison, incorrect food handling, poor person hygiene, poor packaging of food, unclean work surfaces in kitchens or other areas, poor ventilation, dust, pets, vermin, poor drainage supply/waste disposal. Bacteria multiply very quickly at the wrong temperature. It is dangerous to store food between 5 degrees Celsius and 63 degrees Celsius this is known as the “temperature danger zone”.
It is well known that hundreds of bacteria can be deposited by a fly and can multiply to millions of bacteria in just a short period of time such as several hours. Toxins will grow and multiply in food and continue to manufacture toxins. If food is left in the sun it can produce enough toxins to affect your health.
Types of toxin producers:
Avoid rice or you could become sick with staphylococcus aureus as it is a heat resistant toxin and you may suffer with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting for between 6 to 24 hours. You may also suffer for diarrhoea for up to 16 hours after eating such food.
If you eat meat and vegetables that have been affected you will suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting in 8 to 22 hours slightly longer after eating such contaminated food.
Food can also be infected because of not being cooked properly, a person’s poor hygiene or pests/insects landing on the food.
If you suffer from Salmonella you will suffer from various symptoms including fever, headache, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting and diarrhoea. You will also feel week and dehydrated.
Again it is spread by poor hygiene and pest/insects on food and causes abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and you may have to go to hospital.
This can be picked up in a dirty swimming pool and also can be contracted by poor hygiene in food preparation.
If you contract typhoid you will develop symptoms slowly but they may last for a longer period of time and you may experience a high temperature, nose bleeds, and dizziness, and headaches, spots on your abdomen, dehydration and diarrhoea.
This is usually picked up through uncooked meats and again you may suffer high temperature, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and abdominal pain.
If you are a pregnant woman, young child or elderly this could be fatal and can be picked up by eating unpasteurised soft cheese/pate. Your symptoms will include nausea, vomiting, high temperature, muscle pain, diarrhoea and convulsions.
This is a virus that spreads very quickly through poor hygiene and hand contact it is easily spread and leads to diarrhoea, vomiting, high temperature and can last a few days.
There are other causes of food poisoning such as
- Amoebic Dysentery
Expert advice from Osbornes Law
We can provide you with advice on any food poisoning claims and other assistance you may require as well as going through and explaining the entire claims process with you. If you think that you have suffered illness on holiday or you have been involved in an accident on holiday contact us for advice.
Holiday Compensation Claims in other countries
If you suffered an injury abroad whilst not on a package holiday, or if the injury had nothing to do with your tour operator you still may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
For example, you may be an independent traveller or on a business trip when you are injured or become ill.
You may suffer an injury or illness for reasons which have nothing to do with your package holiday.
In these circumstances, you may need to pursue your claim against whoever was at fault in the country in which you were injured or became ill.
This is a more complicated process than when claiming against a tour operator, however, it is still possible and something we should be able to help you with.
Accidents on board a plane or boat
If you are injured whilst travelling abroad by plane or boat you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Your right to claim damages is determined by either the Montreal or Athens Conventions. These are international laws on air and sea travel respectively.
The Conventions however are not straight forward and we would advise you to seek legal representation when pursuing such claims.
The Montreal Convention can apply even when the accident does not occur in flight nor indeed on board the aircraft but in the course of embarking or disembarking.
There is also a strict two-year time limit in which to bring claims under the Montreal and Athens Conventions.
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