Travel company, Tui Travel, were recently forced to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation to passengers who had been affected by a vomiting bug on one of their European cruise ships.
Of those travelling on the Island Escape ship, which cruised around destinations including Madeira, Las Palmas, Morocco and Gibraltar between December 2009 and June 2010, more than 100 were struck down by a mysterious vomiting bug. Many passengers suffered severe sickness, diarrhoea and stomach cramps, with several claiming these symptoms continued to plague them four years later.
Thomson, First Choice Holidays and Flights Limited and Sunshine Cruises Limited all deny liability; although passengers claim they never received any warning of risk of illness before boarding the ship. Irwin Mitchell solicitors secured substantial settlements of six figures as compensation for the 100+ passengers who became ill or whose holiday was ruined as a result of the outbreak, and it’s thought that passengers could receive as much as £10,000 compensation each. A travel law expert for Irwin Mitchell commented, “Some passengers had to seek medical assistance on board the cruise ship, whilst others had to seek medical assistance upon return home.”
It’s clear the experience wasn’t quite what passengers were expecting when they booked their luxury cruise, but hopefully the settlement will enable them to move on with their lives.
Have you been affected by a vomiting bug?
Vomiting bugs can be caused by bacteria such as salmonella or E.coli or more commonly by a virus such as Norovirus. Outbreaks on cruise ships are unfortunately not uncommon, and maintaining good standards of hygiene is vital for anyone working with food on board the ship. If you have been affected by a vomiting bug, you could find yourself really unwell, with nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps leaving you feeling weak. If symptoms are severe, medical attention may be required, and being struck down by a vomiting bug could ruin your luxury cruise!
How to claim cruise ship food poisoning compensation
The good news is that you may be able to claim compensation if you became ill or your holiday was ruined as the result of an outbreak of a vomiting bug such as Norovirus. Your first step should be to contact a personal injury lawyer – Accident Advice Helpline has over 13 years’ experience in the industry and we’ve dealt with hundreds of similar claims. Contact us today and take advantage of our 100% ‘no win, no fee’* service. Our friendly team of professional personal injury lawyers are waiting to take your call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.