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Will Holiday Hygiene Ratings Affect Your Winter Destination?

Perhaps foreign cuisine is part of the appeal for a trip overseas this winter, if not just to escape the UK weather, but have you done your homework on the hygiene ratings of your desired destination?

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Earlier in summer 2015, Slater and Gordon travel solicitors commissioned research into holiday illnesses with a study of 2,000 people, following an increase in holiday illness compensation claims. The results revealed 40 per cent of people said that hygiene concerns would affect where they decided to go on holiday. The three holiday destinations with the most cases of holiday illness are Spain, Turkey and Greece.

When it comes to food poisoning and holiday illness overseas, the cost of medical expenses is something you can plan for, so that, in the event a bug ruins your plans, you have peace of mind that you’re covered financially.

Slater and Gordon personal injury solicitor, Rebecca Gilmore, recently blogged on the subject of quick break to the European Christmas markets, in which she advised on the importance of travel insurance no matter the length of stay or activities in mind.

Indeed, travel insurance should be on your list of priorities before taking off this winter, but many people don’t think they’ll need it. Travel insurance doesn’t just cover the kind of extremes you may imagine of a summer adventure holiday, but also trips and slips and food poisoning on holiday.

But is it as simple as purchasing travel insurance to ensure you’re covered in the unfortunate event you suffer food poisoning overseas? To an extent, yes.

Whereas travel insurance can cover the cost of any medical expenses incurred whilst abroad, most policies won’t compensate you for time off work once you’re home. This is where legal advice from travel litigation lawyers is necessary when it comes to making a compensation claim.

If you’re unsure how a holiday food poisoning compensation claim works, see our previous blog here.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer specialise in travel litigation. If you or your holiday party suffer an accident abroad, our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation.

Call us on Freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.

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