A guide to dealing with illness on holiday

When you jet off on your long awaited holiday abroad, the last thing you expect is to be forced to deal with suffering illness on your holiday.

However, outbreaks of illness in hotels abroad can and do happen. Here at HolidayIllnessClaims, we regularly speak to people whose holidays were ruined by illness.

Some of the most common causes of illness we hear about are food poisoning and consuming contaminated water.

Here we take a look at some of things you can do to help you deal with illness on holiday.

What to do if you read reports of illness before travelling

In our excitement before travelling, many of us will keep an eye on the hotel we are visiting on tour operator website or on TripAdvisor. But what happens if you find worrying reports of illness at your hotel?

At HolidayIllnessClaims, we are often contacted by people who are concerned about the hotel they are booked to travel to. The best step to take here is to document the reviews you have seen and contact your tour operator.

Under the Package Travel Regulations, a tour operator has a duty of care to protect your health and safety. This means that you may be able to arrange alternative accommodation.

Take a look at our list of holiday blackspots to find out more before you go.

What should you do if you fall ill on holiday?

If you have fallen ill on holiday and the symptoms last more than 24 hours, you should speak to your tour representative to find out how you can access medical help.

If you are seen by a doctor in resort, make sure you ask for any medical reports produced and a receipt for any treatment you have paid for during your stay.

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking as much bottled water as you can. If you or your child begin to feel dehydration you should seek medical attention straight away.

Make sure you report your illness

If you do suffer symptoms of sickness on holiday you should report your illness to the tour representative as soon as you can. They should complete a sickness form and provide you with a copy of this.

What should you do when you return home?

If your symptoms have continued on your return home you should book an appointment with your GP. They will be able to carry out tests to help identify the cause of your illness.

We would always recommend that you do not accept any offer of compensation from your tour operator without seeking independent legal advice. In many cases, accepting compensation or a voucher from the tour operator will leave you severely undercompensated.

We have helped hundreds of people claim the compensation they deserve, just take a look at our success stories online to find out more.

Speak to the legal experts at HolidayIllnessClaims

The dedicated legal team at HolidayIllnessClaims has over 50 years combined experience in travel law and are on hand to provide the advice you need on making a claim for holiday illness compensation.

If youd like to talk to one of our experts about your claim, call us now on 0800 01 54321.

Or, if you dont have time to talk right now, you can arrange a call back by starting your claim online.

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