Holidays are supposed to be a time of enjoyment and relaxation, a chance to reconnect with family and friends and explore the culture of somewhere new. So it can be especially disappointing when holidays are ruined by illness.
If you or a loved one has experienced an illness while on holiday, it’s essential to know that you may be able to claim compensation and put things right. At Switalskis we’re committed to making sure that your holiday illness is compensated for. We’ll guide you through every step of the claims process to seek compensation for the issues you have endured.
Navigating the issues of holiday illness compensation claims needs more than just legal expertise; it calls for compassion, understanding and clarity. At Switalskis, that's precisely what we offer.
Our mission is to simplify the holiday illness claims process for you. By breaking down each stage into simple steps, we help to make sure you're well-informed and never feel overwhelmed. From day one, our objective is to make you feel empowered and supported throughout the process.
Every holiday illness story is as unique as the person who lived through it. Our team will work to understand your situation and make sure the strategy we use is aligned with your needs.
A holiday is often a much-anticipated break, a time to relax, explore, and create memories. But what happens when that much-needed getaway is ruined by an unexpected illness? Understanding the gravity and implications of holiday illnesses is the first step towards seeking the compensation and closure you deserve.
Holiday illnesses are more than mere interruptions to your plans. They can range from mild discomforts to severe conditions, leading to extended stays in unfamiliar hospitals or clinics, expensive medical bills, or long recovery periods back home. Beyond the physical effects, the impact of having a cherished holiday turned upside down can't be underestimated.
Various factors can lead to holiday illness. Consuming contaminated food or water, exposure to unhygienic conditions, or even contracting airborne diseases can quickly transform a leisure trip into a health nightmare. In some cases, the negligence of holiday providers, such as hotels or restaurants, plays a part.
The consequences of a holiday illness often don't end with the trip. Many people face challenges once they return, including lingering health issues, loss of income due to extended sick leave from work, and the emotional toll of living through the ordeal. Moreover, family members or travel companions can also be affected, whether they fall ill or face the strain of supporting the affected person.
While many of us associate holiday illnesses with trips abroad, domestic holidays are not exempt. Regardless of the location, travellers have the right to expect certain health and safety standards. When these are compromised, it’s essential to know where to turn.
Empathy, support and guidance are integral during these testing times. At Switalskis, we’re committed to not only providing expert legal advice but we also offer a comforting hand, helping you navigate the aftermath of a holiday illness with care and dedication.
We’re here to guide you through the process of making a holiday illness compensation claim. Below is a step-by-step outline to help you understand what to expect when pursuing a compensation claim for a holiday illness.
General rule: In most cases, you have three years from the date you became aware (or reasonably should have become aware) that your holiday illness was due to the negligence or oversight of another party. This might not be the day that you fell ill. For instance, it could be when a medical professional diagnosed you and traced your illness back to a specific event or location during your holiday. This is called the ‘date of knowledge’.
However, if you were ill while abroad, the time limits can vary depending on the country where the accident took place. Some countries have much shorter time frames in which you can make a claim. That’s why it’s so important to act quickly.
Exceptions to the rule: while the three-year deadline is common, there are exceptions to this rule:
Even taking into account these exceptions, it's wise to start the claim process as soon as possible. This means that memories are more vivid and it’s easier to collect evidence.
Eligibility hinges on proving that the illness was a direct result of some form of negligence or breach of duty. Whether it's a local excursion that went wrong, undercooked food at a resort, or unsanitary room conditions, if you believe that your illness isn't a mere coincidence but due to someone's negligence, you might be eligible. Consulting a solicitor can provide clarity.
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Holiday illnesses can cast a shadow over the memory of your holiday and leave a lasting impact on you both physically and financially. But remember, you’re not alone. Our legal experts are here to listen, understand your circumstances, and fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.