For many of us, a holiday is the highlight of the year. It’s a chance to relax and spend time with your friends and family. Sadly a holiday can easily be ruined by illness, which could leave you with long-term health problems and expensive medical bills.

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer an illness while abroad, you may be able to claim compensation. Our specialist team of travel lawyers has helped tens of thousands of holidaymakers to successfully make a claim after they were affected by food poisoning and other illnesses.

Most of our cases are handled through a No Win No Fee agreement, so there’s no financial risk to you if your claim is unsuccessful*. If we believe you have a claim, we’ll work tirelessly to help you recover full and fair compensation that takes into account the pain and suffering you have endured during and after your holiday, the loss of enjoyment of your holiday, lost earnings, medical costs and other losses and expenses caused by your illness.

Our Experience In Holiday Illness Claims

If you’re thinking of making a claim after suffering an illness abroad, it’s important to speak to specialist lawyers with expertise in this field and experience of international law. We set up our dedicated travel claims team in 1997 and since then we’ve helped clients to recover many millions of pounds in compensation for illness. Our track record of success for our clients is unrivalled and we have an international reputation for our work for the victims of illness outbreaks.

For over a decade the leading independent legal guides, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, have consistently ranked us as the UK’s leading law firm acting for victims with international personal injury claims.

“A firm that is home to the crème de la crème of Claimant lawyers.”
Chambers & Partners

"Renowned for its skills on multi party claims, the group is perceived as the expert on all aspects of illness, PI and serious injury abroad, it is especially praised for its work across America and in Europe"
Chambers & Partners

“Irwin Mitchell is ‘the leading firm for claimant work’ and is highly regarded in the travel and holiday market.”
Legal 500

No matter where you were when you were struck down by illness, we have the expertise needed to help you make a claim. Many of our team are fluent in foreign languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese and German. We also have long-standing relationships with leading foreign lawyers around the world who we can call on for their specialist knowledge when needed.

We’ve successfully helped many thousands of clients to claim compensation after being taken ill in holiday destinations all over the world including Spain, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Mexico, as well as many destinations that are more off the beaten track. We’ve also helped groups of clients who were all taken ill at the same hotel or resort, with some previous claims for groups of more than 2,000 holidaymakers.

Featured Client Story

Maria's Story - Food Poisoning In Tunisia

Maria travelled to Tunisia for a romantic holiday at the Hotel Soviva. She was left with long lasting health problems after a severe case of food poisoning. Our expert team helped Maria and more than 100 other guests battle for justice and compensation.

How We Handle Holiday Illness Claims

When you choose us to make a claim, we have two main goals. Firstly to help you claim the maximum compensation possible and secondly to make things as simple and stress-free for you as we can.

You may think that seeking compensation after an illness on holiday will mean you need to make your claim in a foreign country. While this is true in some cases, most claims are made here in the UK, particularly if you were on a package holiday.

Wherever we make your claim, we’ll always keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in clear, easy-to-understand terms. Our lawyers will fight hard to help you recover the compensation you deserve but we’ll also be there to support you in what can be a difficult time in your life.

Our experience in travel claims means we have an in-depth understanding of the kind of illnesses people suffer on holiday, including:

  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • E. coli
  • Shigella
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Legionnaires’ disease

Contact Us To Talk About Making A Claim

If you or a member of your family has suffered an illness abroad and would like to seek compensation, contact us for a free initial consultation. Call 0800 056 4110 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.


Legal 500

Practice head Clive Garner is a “game changer, who knows foreign and international law like the back of his hand”

Legal 500 2015

Chambers 2016 

"They are efficient and pay extraordinary personal attention to the client."

Chambers & Partners 2016

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Illness Abroad Claims

  • Legionnaires' Disease Compensation Claims
    If you or a loved one has suffered from Legionnaires’ disease at home or abroad, our experienced solicitors could help you claim compensation.

The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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