Most holiday makers who find themselves ill abroad after eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages will show the typical symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps.
These people will mostly suffer for anything between a few days and a few weeks before feeling 100% better.
Unfortunately, there are some instances, where the illness contracted from the food or drink they have consumed develops secondary illnesses. These can include arthritis, food intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome and will more likely than not be with the person for the long term. The conditions can be particularly disabling and have a severe impact on the person’s day to day life.
Obviously the compensation that is likely to be awarded if the illness is proved to be as a result of the hotel’s negligence, will be substantially more for someone that has developed a long term condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is to take into account the effects that the illness, caused by the hotel’s negligence, has had and will have on the person’s daily life.
In order to establish whether, firstly the illness contracted came from the food or drink consumed within the hotel, and secondly whether any secondary conditions have developed as a result of this illness, it is necessary to obtain the opinion of an independent Doctor, and sometimes a Consultant. This will take place as part of the claim process, and the report that the Doctor or Consultant writes as a result of the examination or consultation will form a basis for establishing how much compensation should be sought, should the illness be proved to be the fault of the hotel.
Amounts awarded in compensation vary widely; however as a general guideline, it is possible to indicate three very broad categories.
Minor food poisoning
Symptoms such as diarrhoea and sickness, or stomach cramps which last for between a few days and a few weeks could bring compensation awards of between £600 and £2,800
Food poisoning requiring hospital admission
Similar symptoms to the above, with the additional development of fatigue and a necessary hospital admission can indicate more serious food poisoning. Symptoms may last anywhere up to two years, and compensation awards could be between £2800 and £6800.
Severe food poisoning
Severe food poisoning will lead to effects on day to day life for the longer term. Initial symptoms, in addition to the above two categories could include fever, and the condition could then lead to conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Arthritis. The impact on the person’s social, home and working life could be particularly distressing. For this reason, compensation awards, depending on the impact, could be between £6,800 and £37,500.