Month: August 2016

Family’s Holiday to Tunisia Ruined

Ariel image of Sahara Beach hotel Tunisia

The travel law team here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors were recently instructed by a client after her family holiday was ruined by holiday illness.

Sahara Beach Hotel

Miss Hunter booked a fourteen night stay at the Sahara Beach Resort Hotel, in Skanes, Tunisia along with five others, including her partner and children. The trip was booked as an all-inclusive package holiday, through tour operator Thomas Cook.

Around three days into her stay at the Sahara Beach Resort, Miss Hunter began to feel unwell. She suffered with holiday illness symptoms including severe diarrhoea, headaches and stomach cramps. Our client avers that her illness, which lasted a total of six days, occurred as a result of eating the food at the restaurant within the hotel.

Poor food & hygiene standards

According to Miss Hunter food appeared under-cooked, reheated and was left uncovered for long periods of time. Miss Hunter also claims that the buffet style salad available appeared to have been washed with tap water.

Our client was disappointed with the overall quality of the food, and noted that a large number of birds and insects could be seen around the eating areas of the hotel.

Miss Hunter expressed her concerns regarding the food & hygiene standards within the hotel to a representative. However, according to our client they did not seem too concerned and after attempting to sell Miss Hunter an excursion, told her to speak with hotel management.

Loss of enjoyment

Due to her holiday illness, Miss Hunter was unable to enjoy her two week stay in Tunisia with her family and even had to cancel her place on a pre-booked safari excursion.

Thomas Cook admitted liability in this case.

Our expert Travel Law team secured a total of £1,700 holiday illness compensation for Miss Hunter.

Shiamli Mehta-Cronie, who heads up our holiday illness department, said with regards to the outcome:

“Holiday sickness is distressing but unfortunately not uncommon. I am acting for hundreds of holidaymakers who have also experienced illness abroad.

“Legal action can be taken if you feel more could have been done to prevent your becoming ill. The Package Travel Regulations protect holidaymakers who book package holidays through reputable tour operators such as Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook.

“If this applies to you then we’d encourage you to get in touch. Suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting as a result of poor hygiene whilst on holiday is simply unacceptable and action can be taken.”

Holiday illness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday illness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to and call our expert team of holiday illness solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation, so call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com

Singer Chris Brown Arrested for Assault

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American R&B singer Chris Brown has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Incident

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said that police had been called to Brown’s property at around 3am PST on Tuesday morning after a woman called police for help.

Lt Chris Ramirez of the LAPD told reporters that they received a call early on Tuesday from outside the residence in the Tarzana neighbourhood. However, Lt Ramirez did not say what assistance the woman required.

Calls to representatives for Brown were not immediately returned.

2009 Attack

This is not the first time the singer has been in trouble with law enforcement – he spent six years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna, in 2009.

Police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in the early hours of 8th February, where Rihanna was found with multiple contusions to her face. The couple had been on their way to a Grammy Award after-party and were travelling in Brown’s car.

According to a police affidavit, an argument began when Rihanna discovered a text message from another woman on Brown’s mobile phone.

Brown then attempted to push Rihanna out of the car. He choked her and punched her repeatedly. When Rihanna pretended to phone her assistant for police help, Brown threatened to kill her.

Brown originally claimed he was innocent; however he entered a last minute deal at a Los Angeles court and pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault, avoiding a prison sentence.

Criminal Injuries – Expert Advice

Criminal injuries compensation may be available if you have experienced physical trauma or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Speaking to a member of our team about your criminal injury may be the first time that you have spoken to anybody about your experience – this is common among our clients. We guarantee complete confidentiality throughout your claim.

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is, however, a government Scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families who have been the innocent victims of violent crime. The Scheme is called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: The Guardian; The Guardian

Woman Convicted of Gross Negligence Manslaughter

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In a landmark case, an optometrist has been handed a two year suspended prison sentence following the death of a young boy, whose symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition were not picked up during a routine eye test.

Incident

When eight year old Vincent Barker visited a branch of Boots in Ipswich for an eye test, he was suffering with swollen optic discs. Honey Rose, the optometrist carrying out the test, failed to spot Vincent’s swollen optic discs which is a symptom of hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain. The eight year old died around five months after the test in July 2012.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how Ms Rose had failed to examine the backs of Vincent’s eyes with an ophthalmoscope during the test, and that she had also failed to examine retinal photos of Vincent that were taken by a colleague.

Sentencing

Sentencing the 35 year old, Judge Jeremy Stuart-Smith said that although the breach of duty was a ‘single lapse’, the seriousness of the incident meant that it was a criminal act. The court also heard that after discovering that Vincent had died, Ms Rose attempted to ‘cover up’ her failings by claiming that Vincent had showed signs of photophobia. In an account that was dismissed as false by Judge Stuart-Smith, Ms Rose said that Vincent had not been cooperating with her at the time of the test.

Ms Rose, of East Ham in east London, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at Ipswich crown court. She was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and given a 24-month supervision order.

The ruling is thought to be the first conviction of an optometrist for gross negligence manslaughter. Judge Stuart-Smith told Ms Rose:

“You simply departed from your normal practice in a way that was completely untypical for you, a one-off, for no good reason.”

He went on to say that there was “nothing in [Vincent’s] general presentation that should have rung particular alarm bells for you” and that Ms Rose was “generally competent”.

He added that an immediate custodial sentence was not essential to highlight ‘the importance of optometrists properly discharging their duty to patients’ due to the fact the case had been so highly publicised.

‘Our loss should have been prevented’

Praising Vincent’s family for showing ‘dignity and restraint’ throughout the trial, Judge Stuart-Smith noted that they called for leniency when sentencing. A written statement from Vincent’s mother Joanne Barker said:

“The knowledge our loss should have been prevented and Vinnie should have been saved is intolerable to live with.”

Telling the court how Ms Rose had worked ‘extremely hard’ to qualify in India before moving to the UK, Ian Stern QC, mitigating, said:

“The loss of that vocation, which undoubtedly will happen when she comes before a fitness-to-practise panel, will affect her self-respect as someone who worked so hard to obtain those qualifications.”

He added that the case had “sent shockwaves round the optometric practice”.

Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, said that a letter from the Association of Optometrists expressed that there had been an increase in practitioners’ concerns regarding the way they carry out their jobs.

Fatal Injury Compensation

Fatal injury compensation may be available in cases where the death of a loved one is linked to medical negligence. If you believe that the actions of a medical professional contributed to your loved one’s death, we can help. Contact our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors today for expert advice and guidance throughout your fatal injury compensation claim.

Depending on your circumstances, we may also be able to provide you with expert legal representation at inquests – we will explain and discuss these options with you in full. Discover today how we could help you. Remember, we offer you a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: The Guardian

Mexico Family Wedding Ruined by Holiday Illness

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Our expert Travel Law team was recently instructed by a client, after their trip to Mexico for a family wedding was ruined when they contracted holiday illness.

Our client booked a fourteen night stay at the Riu Yucatan in Playacar, Mexico with tour operators TUI. The holiday was booked to attend a family member’s wedding. However, after falling severely ill, they claim that the trip was completely ruined.

Holiday illness – symptoms

The claimant’s holiday illness symptoms included severe diarrhoea, diarrhoea with blood, nausea, temperature, fatigue and stomach cramps. They sought medication for their symptoms which remain ongoing.

Our client avers that their holiday illness occurred as a result of the poor standard of food and hygiene at the Riu Yucatan, particularly within the hotel restaurant.

Poor food and hygiene standards

They noted that food was under-cooked in hotel restaurant, wasn’t served at the right temperature and appeared reheated. Our client claims that food was left out uncovered for prolonged periods of time and therefore exposed to flies, insects and monkeys that could be seen around the eating areas.

Successful outcome

Our Hioliday Illness team secured a total of £3,750.00 compensation for this client.

Shiamli Mehta-Cronie, head of Travel Law here at Hampson Hughes, said:

“Holiday sickness is distressing but unfortunately not uncommon. I am acting for hundreds of holidaymakers who have also experienced illness abroad.

“In the majority of cases the problem is down to substandard food hygiene at hotels, an issue which can leave British tourists wishing they hadn’t bothered travelling at all.

“However, legal action can be taken if you feel more could have been done to prevent your becoming ill. The Package Travel Regulations protect holidaymakers who book package holidays through reputable tour operators such as Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook.

“If this applies to you then we’d encourage you to get in touch. Suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting as a result of poor hygiene whilst on holiday is simply unacceptable and action can be taken.”

Holiday sickness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday illness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of holiday illness solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com

Holidaymaker Contracts Food Poisoning in Turkey

Image of Marmaris harbor aerial view, Muğla Province, southwest Turkey, Mediterranean.

Our travel law team were recently instructed by a client who contracted infective gastroenteritis whilst on holiday in Turkey.

Robert Collins booked a week long stay at the Club Jullian Hotel in Marmaris, Turkey in October last year. The holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with tour operators Thomas Cook.

Symptoms related to food poisoning

Unfortunately, just two days into his holiday, Mr Collins began to feel unwell. He suffered from vomiting, severe diarrhoea, nausea, stomach cramps and a temperature for the remainder of his holiday. Due to his symptoms, Mr Collins needed to be close to a toilet at all times and so for five days of his holiday, he stayed in and around his room and the hotel itself. Medication was purchased at a local pharmacy to help relieve his symptoms.

Poor hygiene at hotel

According to our client, the hygiene standards at the hotel were very poor, particularly in relation to the food.

Mr Collins claims that food was under-cooked in the hotel restaurant and was not served at the right temperature. Food appeared reheated and was left out for long periods of time and was therefor exposed to the large number of flies seen in and around eating areas.

Our client’s symptoms did not improve upon his return to the UK and he took two weeks sick leave from his place of employment. Mr Collins also sought medical attention from his GP in the UK, after developing a sore throat as a direct result of repeated vomiting.

Our expert Travel Law team managed to secure £2,800 compensation for Mr Collins.

Holiday Illness Claims – Expert Advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to and call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Pregnant Woman Attacked on North London Street

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A woman has described her ordeal as she was attacked and robbed by a young man on a London street in June this year, while she was in labour.

Incident

Patience Chukwu was on her way to hospital when she took her mobile phone out of her bag to call her sister and birthing partner. However, as she did so, a young man on a bicycle approached her and grabbed her phone.

During the attack, Ms Chukwu – who was experiencing contractions at the time, was dragged down the street and repeatedly punched in the head as she tried to shield her stomach.

Immediately after the attack, members of the public came to Ms Chukwu’s aid and called the police. Once police arrived, the 40 year old was questioned by an officer about the incident and a second officer timed her contractions while they waited for an ambulance.

Ms Chukwu said of the incident:

“He was pulling me, dragging me with the bike, I was pleading. I said: ‘Please, I’m in labour, as you can see I’m heavily pregnant.’ He didn’t want to listen, he didn’t want to stop, he was trying to ride the bike.

“He was hitting me to let go but I refused to let go.”

Calling her attacker a ‘coward’, she added:

“He really wanted to hit my tummy because the level of which his hand was coming would have landed on my stomach. So I shielded my baby, with my hand and I bent down, the blow went to my eyes and everything became so dark.

“I couldn’t see so I let go … and the boy started pedalling away.”

Distress to Mother & Child

The commotion and shock of the incident caused her unborn child to become distressed, with midwives unable to detect the baby’s heartbeat. The child was rushed to intensive care following an emergency cesarean. Ms Chukwu has expressed that she feels responsible for her son’s distress:

“I saw all the wires connected, I felt so responsible that my baby was going through that. I felt that if I had not run after the man or held on to him, being dragged by him, my baby might not have gone through that stress.

“But I was told even if I didn’t go after the boy or hold him, the shock alone that my phone was snatched unexpectedly is also enough for the baby to go through that same shock, that stress.”

Since the attack, two month old Ozil suffers with painful seizures on a daily basis. His mother, who suffered with depression and anxiety prior to the attack, is now even more afraid to walk down the street and fears using her phone in public. She said:

“I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel free going out now.

“I’m so afraid of people coming towards me … And no matter how important the call is, if I have a phone call, if my phone is ringing as long as I’m outside I don’t pick it [up].”

“Now if I see someone coming, especially a man on a bike, I will look for another alternative route to take.”

Police Investigation

The attacker has been described as ‘a short black man of medium build between 18 and 20 years old, with shaven hair and brown eyes’. He was apparently wearing a hooded grey top at the time of the attack and is described to have ‘a slim face with pronounced cheek bones and a rough, pock-marked complexion’.

The attack took place at around 9am on Sunday 26 June on Leadale Road, North London. Anyone with information regarding the attack on is asked to contact the investigation team on 07795 122 325 or 101 and request Hackney CID, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Criminal Injury – Expert Advice

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is, however, a government Scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families who have been the innocent victims of violent crime. The Scheme is called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: The Guardian

Employee Injured after Falling Through Fragile Skylight

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A self-employed business man has been fined after one of his employees fell through a fragile skylight.

Incident

On 13 November 2014, Ian Kirby – an employee of Phillip Posnett, was replacing broken tiles on the roof of a farm building. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how once the work was completed, Mr Kirby stepped onto an adjacent roof to get rid of debris. He fell through a fragile roof light and landed in the scraper of a tractor that was parked below.

Mr Kirby was unable to return to work for six months after suffering head injuries, broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a chip to the spine.

HSE Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that no risk assessment had been carried out for the work in question. Mr Kirby had not been provided with information or instruction on the possible risks of working at height, furthermore he had not undergone specific training in order to carry out work at height.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Mr Phillip Posnett, of Haughton Hall, Hall Lane, Haughton, Tarporley, was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,330.80.

HSE inspector Jane Carroll said after the hearing:

“Falls through fragile roofs are a well-documented hazard when undertaking roof work of any type. This case highlights how a failure to risk assess a job properly and identify the presence of a fragile roof can lead to serious personal injury for workers.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have suffered an injury at work you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.

Holiday to Turkey Ruined by Food Poisoning

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Our team of expert Travel Law solicitors recently secured compensation for a client, after her 7 day holiday to Turkey was ruined by food poisoning.

Veronika Piskorova booked to stay at the Crystal Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey, as an all-inclusive package holiday through hotel operators Olympic Holidays in August 2015.

Just three days into her stay at the Crystal Hotel, Miss Piskorova began to feel unwell. She suffered symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting after eating at the hotel restaurant.

Miss Piskorova noted various issues relating to poor food and hygiene standards in the restaurant. Food was left uncovered for long periods of time, as well as appearing under cooked and reheated. Miss Piskorova claims that food was often served at the incorrect temperature and there seemed to be no suitable refrigeration in place, with salads being served warm.

Our client also noted that staff did not wear gloves when handling food and that the restaurant itself was ‘dirty’.

Our Travel Law team successfully secured £1,900 in compensation for our client.

Miss Piskorova expressed her gratitude to the team and said following the successful outcome:

‘I would like to thank you for all your hard work’

Holiday Illness Claims – Expert Advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

£750Compensation Secured for Breach of Contract

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Our head of travel law, Shiamli Mehta-Cronie recently acted for a family of three in a breach of contract and misrepresentation claim against Jet2.

The visit was our clients’ second to the resort, Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. Prior to arrival our client contacted the hotel to advise his wife would be 18 weeks pregnant at the time of the holiday and that they would also be travelling with their 4 year old daughter.

Upon arrival on 5 May 2016 our clients were dismayed to find building and maintenance works were being carried out directly above their hotel room. Despite being advised prior to their arrival that the party included a guest who was 18 weeks pregnant and a 4 year old child, the hotel chose to place our clients in a room directly under construction work. The noise continued on a daily basis, commencing from circa 7.30am until 6.00pm.

At no time was the construction and maintenance works in the hotel made known to our clients prior to travel or on their arrival. Our clients were unable to relax and the situation caused undue stress for them, on what was supposed to be an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

We managed to secure a refund of £750.00 for our clients.

The family of three were very pleased with the outcome and very kindly sent our Travel Law team flowers, chocolates and a thank you card.

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“Thank you so much for all your hard work and efforts in securing such a fantastic result for me and my family” – David Owen

Package holiday claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by a situation similar to this, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

More information can also be found via our Package Holiday Claims page.

£10,210 Recovered for Family’s Christmas Holiday to Egypt

Image of pool at Le Royal Holiday Resort Sharm el Sheikh Egypt

Our travel law team were recently instructed by a family of three who became severely ill on their Christmas holiday to Egypt.

Family Holiday

Our clients booked a week’s stay at the Le Royal Holiday Resort in Sharm El Sheikh through tour operators Thomas Cook, as an all-inclusive package from 25th December 2014 to 1st January 2015.

On their first evening at the hotel, our clients ate at the hotel restaurant. The family – consisting of a mother, father and son – claim that they all ate what they believed to be a dish containing meat. However, due to the thick sauce covering the food, they could not be certain what type of meat.

Symptoms

The following day, the mother became ill with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. Later that same day their son became ill, with the father also showing symptoms of sickness further on in the evening.

Our clients’ symptoms included stomach cramps, high temperature and severe diarrhoea. Our clients claim that they were constantly rushing to the toilet. As the holiday progressed, all three family members symptoms worsened to include severe diarrhoea and vomiting, nausea and fatigue.

Our clients spent a large proportion of the remainder of the holiday in their hotel room. When they did venture out, all three family member’s needed to stay close to a toilet.

Poor Hygiene Standards

A number of disturbing occurrences within the hotel restaurant was noted by our clients during their stay at the Le Royal Holiday Resort. Food was apparently left out and uncovered for prolonged periods of time, with food exposed to the flies and insects around the eating areas.

According to our clients, restaurant staff did not wear gloves when handing food and food appeared reheated. Although our clients were warned about drinking the local tap water, bar staff would put ice in drinks without reassuring guests this was not from the tap. Furthermore, the drinks themselves appeared to be watered down.

Prior to experiencing their symptoms, our clients had not eaten or drank anywhere else other than at the various restaurants within the hotel complex. The family of three reported their illness to hotel management and sought medication from a local pharmacy.

Thomas Cook admitted liability and our expert travel law team secured a total of in compensation for our clients.

Head of Travel Law here at Hampson Hughes, Shiamli Mehta-Cronie, said of the successful outcome:

“Such cases signify another triumph in the battle against the cost cutting exercises we see from tour operators. It is simply not acceptable to allow them to continue to take money from hard working holiday makers and provide them with sub-standard hygiene practices in return.

“If you have been struck down by illness while on a package holiday, call us today for your free no obligation consultation.”

Holiday Illness Claims – Expert Advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to and call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.