A wasted holiday is a major blow. You may have been saving up and looking forward to the holiday of a lifetime abroad, only for something to go massively wrong – ruining your holiday and leaving you with a feeling of loss and injustice.
A wasted holiday caused by illness
Common illnesses contracted on holidays abroad include Shigella, Salmonella, E. coli and Cryptosporidium – sometimes resulting in hospitalisation and long term suffering. That is certainly one way to waste your hard-earned holiday!
Even just an upset stomach can cause serious discomfort, altering the planned activities for your holiday by having you constantly looking for the nearest loo.
More likely than not your illness will be caused by something you’ve eaten and if you are on an all-inclusive holiday then it’s highly likely it’s the food at your hotel that’s issue.
That’s not to say that it is the only cause – dirty swimming pools can also cause gastric symptoms. Similarly an upset stomach can be one of many problems caused by poor hygiene. Ear infections, also caused by dirty swimming pool water, are very common and – like gastroenteritis – can lead to hospitalisation in severe cases.
A wasted holiday caused by an accident
An accident or injury can destroy your holiday. An example could be a slip on a wet floor that doesn’t have any warning signs, or tripping on a poorly maintained hotel pathway. Each of these can easily result in an extended period of inaction and a holiday from hell.
These are common faults on the part of tour operators and with strong evidence, can often result in a claim for compensation.
Accidents obviously don’t always just happen in the hotel and in these cases require more specialised experience to resolve, such as road traffic or aircraft accidents.
So what can you do? Well, if you find yourself answering ‘Yes’ to the following questions then you could be due a significant amount of compensation:
- Were you on a package holiday?
- Was it within the last three years?
- Was a week or more of your holiday wasted?
- Was your accident or illness someone else’s fault?
You can make a no win no fee claim – meaning you don’t pay anything unless you receive damages from your case.
How much is my claim worth?
It depends on factors like how long you are affected for and how much you are out of pocket. Wasting a few days’ holiday could be worth in the hundreds of pounds, whereas long term damage could be in the hundreds of thousands.