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We look forward to our holidays so much that it can be devastating if we become ill while we are away - particularly if that illness is something as preventable as food poisoning. If you or a loved one contracted food poisoning while abroad on a package holiday, you can contact the expert team of personal injury solicitors at Forbes today to make a claim.
The most common form of food poisoning is bacterial. This is where food is infected with harmful bacteria when it's not been prepared, cooked or stored properly. This is often exacerbated by hotel buffets at all-inclusive resorts, which are left out for long periods. Because of this, it's not uncommon for whole groups of holidaymakers to contract food poisoning at the same time.
Some common types of bacterial food poisoning include:
Salmonella can be found in meat, eggs, unpasteurised milk, seafood and untreated water. Food containing salmonella will not have been cooked thoroughly as the bacteria can be destroyed with heat. It's easy to spread and so mass outbreaks are possible.
E-Coli can be combated by washing food and cooking it thoroughly, but will cause food poisoning if eaten. Similarly, campylobacter can be destroyed if food is cooked properly and proper hygiene regulations are followed.
The symptoms of food poisoning can vary from person to person depending on personal health and fitness as well as the type of food poisoning contracted. In some cases they can come on very quickly – within an hour or so – and other times symptoms can take a week to develop. Similarly, food poisoning can last for anything from a few hours to a few weeks.
In most cases, if food poisoning is diagnosed by a doctor, it needs to be left to run its course, meaning you could lose days out of your holiday leaving you out of pocket. Some symptoms such as dehydration may need to be treated in hospital and particularly severe cases can even result in a fatality.
If you or a loved one has suffered food poisoning while abroad on a package holiday, you should contact the expert team of personal injury solicitors at Forbes as soon as possible.
Our initial consultation is completely free and you don't have to proceed with your claim if you choose not to. We operate on a no win, no fee basis too, so you undertake no financial risk at all.
We also welcome face-to-face consultations and have expert solicitors at each of our offices based in Accrington, Blackburn, Chorley and Preston who are ready to help you.
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