Jim Nixon, a taxi driver from Blackpool, booked a £2,500 holiday to Turkey in 2009 for his family – wife Anthea and three young children Keira (3), Rhys (7) and Jake (12). Staying at the Holiday Village Resort in Sarigerme with First Choice Holidays, the entire family was struck down by gastric illness, suffering from diarrhoea, severe sickness and stomach cramps, with daughter Keira needing antibiotics and his sons suffering symptoms for almost two months.
During their stay, Mr Nixon noticed staff didn’t wash their hands when handling food and food was often served warm rather than hot. Toilets were filthy and crockery and cutlery provided was dirty. There were even faeces in the resort’s swimming pool.
A settlement was secured for the family and those affected by the outbreak, after more than 100 people became seriously ill during their holiday at the resort. The family were awarded £7,000 in compensation, but Mr Nixon said the experience had put them off holidays for a couple of years. They now plan to spend the compensation on a family holiday, which will hopefully be better than the last one!
Have you suffered food poisoning on holiday?
If you or your family has been struck down by a gastric illness or vomiting bug on holiday, you’ll know that your holiday is normally ruined after such an event. From nausea and stomach cramps to severe vomiting and diarrhoea, symptoms can linger for months and you may require medical treatment. Food poisoning or gastric illness in children can be particularly serious, with many children requiring antibiotics to recover – in severe cases, hospitalisation may even be necessary. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your rights if you have become ill whilst on holiday – there may be many other holidaymakers in the same position as you, and even if there are not, you could still be eligible to claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
If you become ill due to unhygienic conditions on holiday, you may be considering claiming compensation – that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim for compensation. Then we can get the ball rolling on your claim; there’s normally no need to attend court and most claims can be processed in full over the phone. Whether you have returned from your holiday or are still abroad, pick up the phone and call us today on 0800 689 0500 – we’re open 24/7.
Source: Blackpool Gazette