If salmonella poisoning has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Salmonella bacteria, often ingested through contaminated food or water, can cause intense gastrointestinal distress. Treatment will usually focus on hydration and electrolyte balance. Antibiotics may be prescribed in severe cases or when the infection spreads beyond the intestines. Preventive measures include proper food handling and cooking practices.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by salmonella poisoning, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

According to NHS data, over 55,000 people were admitted to hospital in 2021/22 with bacterial and viral gastric infections, including salmonella (food.gov.uk).

Worldwide, salmonellosis is one of the most common and widely distributed foodborne diseases. Tens of millions of human cases occur every year (who.int).

If you decide to make a salmonella poisoning claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

For information on food poisoning symptoms and treatment, visit: food poisoning (nhs.uk).

Am I eligible for salmonella poisoning compensation?

You will be able to claim compensation if you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

How long do I have to make a salmonella poisoning claim?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

If you were injured due to someone else's negligence but didn't realise it at the time, you may have longer to make a claim. Typically, you have three years from the date you either received a diagnosis or became aware of the negligence (known as the 'date of knowledge') to start your claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for salmonella?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your salmonella poisoning such as rehydration, electrolyte solutions and antidiarrheal medication.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

How common is salmonella poisoning?

Over 2,500 strains (or serotypes) of Salmonella species have been identified, but the 2 most important serotypes of salmonellosis transmitted from animals to humans in most parts of the world are Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium. These typically cause gastroenteritis, which is often uncomplicated and needs no treatment, but can be severe in the young, the elderly and patients with weakened immunity.

Salmonellosis and other poisoning illnesses among holidaymakers are not uncommon for those people travelling to locations where food hygiene standards are lower than standards in the UK.

See also:

Holiday illness and injury claims

How is salmonellosis transmitted?

Salmonella infections are usually picked up from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The bacterium is destroyed by cooking, so undercooked food or unpasteurised milk may still carry infection.

Poor food hygiene in preparation or storage areas can result in cross contamination from raw food, particularly chicken and eggs. Food which is already cooked or needs no cooking such as fruit and salads may then become a source of infection.

People already infected with Salmonella may transmit bacteria to others through poor hygiene practice.

Establishing how and where the infection occurred is a critical step in the claims process. It must be demonstrated that the defendant was legally responsible for the poor hygiene or other breach, and that this breach led to the claimant's infection.

What are the symptoms of salmonellosis?

Symptoms generally between 6 and 48 hours after contracting the infection. Symptoms generally include diarrhoea and vomiting, and patients may also sustain fever, abdominal cramps, headache and rashes. The illness may last for several days.

A small percentage of children under 5 may carry the bacteria for 12 months after the onset of their illness.

Complications of Salmonella poisoning - such as reactive arthritis - may arise, particularly among young children and people over 65.

Reactive arthritis is thought to occur in 2 to 15 percent of Salmonella patients. Symptoms, which usually appear 18 days after infection, include inflammation of the joints, eyes, or reproductive or urinary organs.

Can I claim against a tour operator?

To bring a successful claim against a tour operator, a claimant must prove that his illness was due to the neglect or fault of the tour operator or its hotel supplier.

Determining the cause of the infection may be difficult as salmonellosis can be contracted from several sources.

A tour operator may deny liability, arguing that a claimant could have consumed contaminated food or drink elsewhere. If the claimant can demonstrate that he or she only ate inside the hotel complex for the 72 hour period prior to the onset of symptoms a claim may be possible.

Anyone with symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning on holiday should immediately report it to a holiday representative. If other holiday makers have also been infected this may help establish the cause, improving the chance of making a successful claim.

What happened?

Claiming compensation for salmonella poisoning is dependent on how your illness occurred. Click the icons below for more detail:

No win, no fee salmonella poisoning compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim salmonella poisoning compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

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Source: (reviewed: 11/12/2023)

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher