A woman who suffered from severe food poisoning while on holiday is suing Virgin Holidays for her ordeal. The food poisoning horror occurred when Mrs Bowes-Phipps ate a piece of fish while dining at a beach bar and grill restaurant in Antigua. The claimant ordered the ‘catch of the day’ at the restaurant but complained that her fish was lukewarm. She subsequently awoke the next morning suffering from shooting pains and had to seek treatment locally. She was then airlifted to Florida for further treatment and was diagnosed with salmonella and secondary septicaemia which can be life threatening. Mrs Bowes-Phipps underwent an emergency operation to remove her gall bladder to prevent the further spread of infection and was later flown back to the UK for further surgery.
Mrs Bowes-Phipps is now suing the holiday company for more than £300,000 in compensation after her food poisoning horror, the majority of which is said to be a reimbursement from her travel insurers to cover the cost of airlifting her to Florida for treatment. It has emerged that birds and stray cats were allowed to enter the restaurant causing a risk of contamination to the food served and that the food served was not safe for human consumption. The payout is expected to cover the costs of injury, as well as the costs of transport and emergency medical care.
Food poisoning claims
When eating at any restaurant, whether abroad or in your home town, food hygiene regulations must be applied to ensure that food is safe for consumption. If there is a lapse in risk assessments or there is a lack of food hygiene training, there is a risk that someone could fall ill with food poisoning. Food establishments must have risk assessments in place to ensure that all food is prepared in hygienic conditions and to ensure that food is stored and cooked to a standard set in the regulations. If this is not the case, you may be able to claim compensation if you have suffered a food poisoning horror like this one. Contact a representative for assistance with your claim.
Getting help with your claim
Our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your food poisoning claim, provided that your illness was the fault of someone else. If you wish to discuss your case, you can contact us on our free 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice. If you wish to pursue your claim, we will provide you with representation to help you obtain the evidence you need to support your case. Call us today and we could win you a cash payout for your suffering.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown