A man who became seriously ill on holiday has finally won compensation from Thomas Cook as a result of the illness he suffered on his break abroad. Mark Bidwell and his partner, Nicola Greathurst, had booked a two-week holiday in the Dominican Republic, opting to stay in the Bahia Principe Hotel which is in San Juan.
They had only been there for five days in total when Mark started to suffer severe and unpleasant symptoms. These included diarrhoea, tiredness and abdominal pains. The holiday took place in October 2009 and today, nearly five years later, he is still suffering from problems he has had ever since.
His partner Nicola, who was pregnant at the time, did not fall ill but she settled a compensation claim earlier on. Mark sued with the help of a specialist lawyer and was awarded £20,000 just before his case was due to be heard at trial. Even though this has put an end to the case it has not been able to turn the clock back. He suffers ongoing problems as a direct result of the incident and this is likely to remain the case for the future as well.
How common is it for someone to fall ill while on holiday?
We do hear stories of people who have become seriously ill on holiday as a result of negligence on the part of the hotel or venue they have stayed at. If you have suffered from sickness, diarrhoea and similar symptoms and you believe it may have been caused by poorly cooked or kept food or inadequate cleaning or maintenance procedures, you could be entitled to compensation. We all trust those we stay with to provide excellent quality services but there are times when these services may potentially fall short.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline now
You have three years during which time you must start a claim for compensation if you wish to aim for retribution for the illness you have suffered. You will need evidence that negligence was to blame for your illness, but this is something the team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist with. Call the free 24/7 enquiry line today to determine whether you might be able to start a no win, no fee* claim in your own situation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown