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Mexico Family Wedding Ruined by Holiday Illness

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

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