The priority of most holidaymakers when they suffer illness abroad is to seek medical attention
(PRWEB UK) 16 February 2012
Farnworth Rose Solicitors, of Nelson, Lancashire, have reported a huge increase in holiday illness compensation claims from holidaymakers returning from Egypt. The company has now launched another website, specifically aimed at holidaymakers who want to claim compensation after sickness in package holiday hotels in Egypt.
British holidaymakers go on over 40 million foreign holidays each year and thousands of those people later make claims against their tour operator in the UK after suffering food-related sickness in holiday hotels in Egypt. Tour operators have a duty of care to holidaymakers and they are ultimately responsible for the standard of food and hygiene at package holiday hotels in Egypt and elsewhere.
Salmonella food poisoning and Cryptosporidium commonly cause illness at holiday hotels in Egypt and children are often affected.
Incidents of Cryptosporidium have increased during the past two years and can be contracted from infected swimming pool water which commonly occurs when filtration systems are not functioning correctly or when faecal matter gets into the swimming pool water and is ingested by swimmers.
Cryptosporidium oocysts are resistant to chlorine and many cases of illness reported in Egypt have occurred at hotels with larger than average swimming pools and water parks. Holidaymakers should never swim in the hotel pool if the water smells strongly of chlorine, if the water is murky or if the tiles are slimy to the touch.
Anne Thomson, who has over 30 years´ experience of successfully handling holiday illness claims and who heads our Holiday Claims Department, says: “We have seen a massive increase in claims from people who have suffered illness in holiday hotels in Egypt and many of those people were staying at all inclusive hotels in Sharm-El-Sheikh. The most common illness suffered by holidaymakers in Egypt is food poisoning, caused by breakdowns in food handling/hygiene practices. Symptoms suffered include vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.”
“Most all inclusive hotels in Egypt serve meals buffet-style and if food is not maintained at the correct temperature and kept covered at all times, bacteria are likely to multiply quickly, causing sickness. We would encourage anyone who has suffered sickness abroad to contact us and claim the compensation they deserve.”
“The priority of most holidaymakers when they suffer illness abroad is to seek medical attention, but they should also make an official complaint to the holiday representative at their hotel and keep a copy of any paperwork they sign. It is also important to keep any prescriptions and invoices which will help their case against the tour operator when they return to the UK.”
For more information about how to claim compensation for holiday illness in Egypt on a no win, no fee basis contact Farnworth Rose at:
Farnworth Rose Solicitors
17 Kenyon Road
Tel: 01282 695 400
Fax: 01282 691 400
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