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Holiday Illness Abroad

Holiday Illness Abroad Compensation Claims

If you’re taken ill abroad through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Overseas illnesses can result in serious health problems, and many are entirely avoidable. So if you’ve suffered an illness while holidaying or working abroad, talk to us and find out if you can claim.

Hotels, tour operators, restaurants and other services have a duty of care to their customers. No matter where in the world you were travelling, you could make a holiday sickness claim if our specialist solicitors can show that breaches in health and safety, or food safety, were responsible for your illness.

Specialists in Holiday Illness Abroad Claims

Our travel litigation lawyers work with a network of foreign law experts around the world, so you’re guaranteed professional legal representation when choosing to pursue a holiday illness claim with Hudgell Solicitors.

  • Led by Paul McClorry, member of (PEOPIL), (AAJ) and senior litigator of APIL.
  • Supported by a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in making accidents and illness claims for people travelling abroad.
  • Our lawyers specialise in gaining access to the best possible rehabilitation support for those involved in serious accidents abroad.
  • Experienced accident and illness abroad solicitors will take the time to understand what you’re going through.
  • Leaders in securing compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery.



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Making a Holiday Illness Abroad Claim

Contracting an illness while travelling overseas for work or leisure can be a frightening experience. Where the sickness could have been avoided, our solicitors are here to help you pursue a compensation claim against those responsible — holding them to account to ensure you’re fully compensated for your suffering and loss.

Led by experienced travel litigation specialist, Paul McClorry, our holiday illness solicitors will act on your behalf to win justice for you and your family. We’ve helped people make holiday illness claims for food poisoning, bacterial infections, norovirus and legionnaire’s disease, so no matter what your circumstances, we have the expertise to help you bring a successful claim.

Our Holiday Illness Abroad Experts

Paul McClorry Head of Travel Litigation Read more
Tracy Stansfield Associate, Travel Read more
Lucy Bevis Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Anne Thomson Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Anthony Hey Litigation Executive, Travel Read more

How much will my claim cost?

All holiday illness abroad cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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Who can make a holiday illness claim?

If you’ve suffered an illness abroad which could have been avoided, you may be eligible to claim compensation. In order to make a claim, our solicitors must be able to show that the sickness was caused by health and safety breaches, poor food handling, inadequate hygiene standards, or a hotel, tour operator or cruise company’s failure to contain the spread of a bacterial infection.

The common causes of illness abroad that you may be able to claim compensation for include:

  • Food poisoning
  • Bacterial infections
  • Legionnaire’s disease
  • Typhoid
  • Norovirus
  • If you’ve suffered any of the above illnesses while on holiday, or another sickness bug which you believe could have been avoided, talk to our travel litigation solicitors today to see if you’re eligible make a compensation claim.

    How long do I have to make a holiday illness claim?

    If you’ve suffered an avoidable illness on holiday, you may be able to claim compensation within a designated time period from when the illness took place.

    If the illness was sustained in England and Wales, you normally have three years from the date of the onset of the illness to bring a compensation claim against those responsible. The same may apply if you bring a claim against a tour operator based in the UK. However, this may not be the case if your illness was contracted outside of England and Wales where English law does not apply. Some countries have much shorter time periods, some as short as 6-12 months from the date of the onset of the illness. Therefore, we recommend that you obtain advice from a travel litigation specialist at your earliest opportunity following an illness on holiday.

    Who can I make an illness abroad claim against?

    Who you bring a claim against will depend on the circumstances of your illness, and who or what was responsible. If we accept your claim, our solicitors will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your illness, with a view to determining who is liable.

    In cases where your holiday illness was avoidable, you can bring a claim against:

  • Package holiday tour operators — for failing to comply with their duty of care to you.
  • The hotel and their insurer — for breaches in health, safety and hygiene standards.
  • Cruise ship operators — for health and safety breaches, and for failing to contain the spread of bacterial infections.
  • Our solicitors can provide free and impartial advice about the circumstances of your claim, helping you to bring a successful claim against those responsible for your holiday illness.

    How much compensation can I expect for a holiday illness claim?

    The amount of compensation you’re entitled to claim for a holiday illness will depend on the severity of your case and your financial losses.

    When we accept your claim, we’ll assess the value of your case by considering the extent of your illness, and calculating your financial losses. To do this, we’ll enlist the help of an independent medical expert who will consider the severity of your illness, and how much remedial treatment and care you require in the aftermath. We’ll also factor in any medical expenses you’ve incurred overseas, and the total financial loss you’ve suffered after being forced to abandon your holiday due to sickness.

    For a free evaluation about the circumstances of your case and how much you may be entitled to claim, speak to our experienced travel claims team today.

    What’s the process of making a holiday illness claim?

    To begin a holiday illness compensation claim, contact our team for free and impartial legal advice. Our travel litigation solicitors will assess the circumstances of your claim to check your eligibility, helping you decide whether or not to bring a holiday illness claim.

    If we accept your case, our solicitors will begin their investigations to find out what happened and who was responsible. We’ll also arrange for an independent medical examiner to assess your illness, helping to calculate a compensation sum that reflects your illness and loss.

    When we’ve built your case, we’ll present it to the opposing party, who can choose to accept the compensation sum and settle the claim, negotiate the settlement amount, or contest the circumstances and evidence.

    No matter what the other side chooses to do, our travel litigation team will ensure you receive complete support until your case reaches its conclusion.

    "Holidaymaker instructs us after being hospitalised with Legionnaires disease following trip to Turkey hotel."

    Paul McClorry, Head of Travel Litigation

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