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Compensation for Holiday Illness in Egypt

Can I claim compensation for a holiday illness in Egypt which I contracted in the hotel?

Question:

Can I claim compensation for a holiday illness in Egypt which I contracted in the hotel?

Answer:

It is possible to claim compensation for a holiday illness in Egypt and it is becoming increasingly common for holidaymakers to do so. As tourist numbers have risen, the number of holiday illness claims has also increased, with Egypt an identified hotspot for a number of holiday health problems. Contracting an illness on holiday will at best result in loss of enjoyment, but can cause serious health problems requiring hospital treatment or even long term health issues.

Claims for compensation for s holiday illness in Egypt are possible provided that the illness was suffered due to the negligence of a third party; usually the hotel. The most common reasons for claiming compensation for holiday illness in Egypt are for food poisoning contracted in a hotel restaurant. Lapses in health and safety practices at the hotel can have highly serious consequences for guests and the heat means bacteria can grow quickly. When food is incorrectly handled or is improperly cooked, guests may be subjected to salmonella bacteria which can cause serious food poisoning. Campylobacter infections are also a common holiday illness in Egypt which can be suffered from eating improperly cooked chicken.

When poor hotel kitchen hygiene standards are employed, e-coli infections and dysentery can be contracted when food sources become contaminated. Any of these serious gastrointestinal infections can result in a successful claim for holiday illness in Egypt due to a failure in hygiene standards.

You can also claim compensation for infections and holiday illnesses contracted due to poor hygiene standards in hotel swimming pools in Egypt. If you have been diagnosed with shigella or a cryptosporidium infection, it is likely that you have come into contact with contaminated water in the hotel swimming pool. Norwalk, Norovirus and legionnaires disease are also a danger in Egypt, and can be caused by coming into contact with contaminated water. Provided you can prove that the illness was contracted in the hotel, your claim for holiday illness in Egypt should have a good chance of being successful.

However, in order to claim compensation for holiday illness in Egypt you must have booked your holiday as a package deal through a travel agent or tour operator in the UK. Package holidays are covered under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) and the tour operator or travel agent which took the booking can be held accountable for holiday illnesses contracted due to poor hygiene standards in the supplied hotel.

For legal advice about claiming holiday illness compensation for an infection contracted in Egypt you should speak with a personal injury compensation solicitor as soon as you return to the UK. It is important that a holiday illness claim is properly assessed to determine whether you are eligible to claim compensation for holiday illness in Egypt through the UK legal claims system.