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Holiday Injury Leaves Toddler Brain Damaged

Stanley Birch was on a luxury holiday with his parents at a five star resort in Bodrum, Turkey when the holiday injury took place in 2014.

Holiday injury

Stanley was lying on a sunbed when a heavy speaker fell off a nearby balcony, falling 15 meters before landing on the two year old’s head. His parent’s feared he may be dead, as he lay motionless in a pool of blood by the pool.

A doctor staying at the hotel, the Yasmin Resort in Turgutreis, picked him up and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Staff at the Bodrum Hospital operated on Stanley for over three hours.

Severe brain damage

The two year old was left with severe brain damage after surgeons found an epidural haematoma and were required to drain excess blood off his brain. Stanley also needed 20 staples to his head and ten stiches to his face following the incident.

Now six, Stanley’s development has been affected and his parent’s say he suffers with behavioural issues as a result of his injuries. He has to attend regular monthly check ups and his brain development is closely monitored.

Holiday injury compensation from TUI

Stanley and his family are potentially now looking at a potential payout of hundreds of thousands of pounds in personal injury compensation from holiday tour operator, TUI.

Stanley’s mother, Amy, said:

‘It was horrible.

‘Stanley had just woken up, and we were by the pool a few metres from him. Then I heard this bang and everyone was screaming.

‘I turned round and saw him lying still. He was off the sun lounger, which was completely smashed. I thought he was dead.

‘He wasn’t crying, I knew something was wrong because I knew he should be crying.

‘The ambulance came and he was in and out of consciousness when they got him to the hospital.

‘He was in there for three hours where they discovered he had suffered a tear to his main artery.’

His father, Mitchell, added:

‘He is happy and doing well, and we are lucky he is alive. But no-one knows for sure if he will develop 100 percent as he should have.

‘It is very stressful thinking how what happened on that day could still change his life now.’

Thomson accepted liability last year, but it is unlikely Stanley will receive any compensation until he is at least 18. This is because professionals won’t know exactly what effect his injuries will have until he comes to key moments in his life, such as school and exams.

TUI’s response

A spokeswoman for Thomson and First Choice said:

‘We can confirm that an incident took place at the Yasmin Resort in Bodrum on 12th June 2014 and as a result a child was taken to hospital.

‘Our resort team offered every possible support and assistance at the time of and in the aftermath of the incident, conducting a full investigation to understand what happened.

‘Our Welfare Team based in the UK were also in direct contact with the customers and continued to offer the necessary support.

‘As this case is now subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment further.’

Holiday injury claims – expert advice

Holiday injury compensation may be available where your non-fault injury is the result of professional negligence at any stage of your package holiday. This also includes negligence on behalf of service providers working in conjunction with your tour operator.

If you believe that your tour operator could have taken reasonable steps towards preventing your injury, contact us today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk. Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ dedicated team of holiday injury solicitors could help you to secure maximum personal injury compensation.

Source: Metro

Woman Awarded Over £4,000 Holiday Illness Compensation

A woman from Oldham has received over £4,000 in holiday illness compensation after she contracted Salmonella while in Cuba.

Holiday illness – Salmonella

Deborah Beswick and her husband travelled to the 4* Tryp Cayo Coco resort in Cuba for a two week holiday in September 2015. However after just a week at the resort, Mrs Beswick was struck with severe holiday illness. Her symptoms included vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Upon the couple’s return to the UK, Mrs Beswick’s holiday illness symptoms worsened. She attended an out-of-hours GP at Manchester Royal Hospital, as well as visiting her own GP, where tests revealed that she had contracted Salmonella food poisoning. Doctor’s warned Mrs Beswick that her symptoms are not due to subside until July 2017, meaning that her ‘holiday illness’ will have lasted a total of 22 months.

‘Alarming’ food and hygiene standards

Mrs Beswick avers that her holiday illness symptoms were a direct result of the ‘alarming’ food and hygiene standards and practises she witnessed at the Tryp Cayo Coco.

According to Mrs Beswick, during her stay at the 4* resort she witnessed:

• Food was left uncovered and exposed to flies
• Birds flying around the buffet restaurant
• Food that appeared to have been reheated
• Food that was reused for several meals throughout the day
• Food that was left for prolonged periods of time at room temperature

Payout

After seeking legal advice, Mrs Beswick was awarded a total of £4,700 in holiday illness compensation from tour operator Thomas Cook.

Holiday illness compensation claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday sickness 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)

Whatever your experience with holiday illness, we may be able to help. Call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

For further information on holiday illness compensation, please see our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.

Source: Oldham Evening Chronicle

£2,400 Secured after Client Contracts Giardiasis in Turkey

Image of a hot air balloon travelling over a mountains blue sea and a small island in Oludeniz Turkey

Our Travel Law team recently secured over £2,000 for a client after they contracted the Giardiasis infection whilst on holiday in Turkey.

Lykia World Hotel

Our client booked to stay at the Lykia World Hotel in Oludeniz, Turkey. The holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with tour operators Thomas Cook.

Just a few days into the holiday however, our client began to feel unwell and started to suffer with various symptoms relating to the Giardiasis infection. Symptoms suffered by our client included:

• Diarrhoea
• Fatigue
• Abdominal cramps
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Raised Temperature
• Foul smelling burps

Gardiasis infection

Giardiasis is an infection of the digestive system caused by tiny parasites, known as Giardia intestinalis. It is usually contracted through direct contact between people, but can be spread when an infected person doesn’t wash their hands properly after going to the toilet. The parasites are then transferred on to surfaces, utensils or food. The infection can also be contracted through the consumption of contaminated water.

Our client avers that their symptoms were a direct result of the poor level of food and hygiene standards at the Lykia World Hotel. In particular, the claimant refers to an incident in which they were told by hotel staff that fruit and vegetables served were washed with local tap water, which is thought to have cause the Giardiasis infection.

Hotel restaurant – poor hygiene standards

Whilst visiting the hotel restaurant, the claimant noticed numerous worrying hygiene issues, including food that appeared to have been reheated and certain foods that was recycled for use in other meals. Our client also reports that staff did not wear protective gloves when handling food. Meat and fish products also appeared to be partially cooked and reheated, the claimant noted there were lots of flies around the eating areas, as well as the buffet style food being left uncovered for extended periods of time.

However, the poor hygiene standards were not confined solely to the restaurant as our client reports that the bathroom in their hotel suite was very dirty and in a poor state of repair.

On this occasion our expert Travel Law team managed to secure a total of £2,400 in compensation for our client.

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.

To 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. 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.

Source: NHS Choices

Holidaymaker Receives Compensation for Illness Abroad

Image of blue sea in Majorca with some recreative boats

Our Travel Law team were recently instructed by a client after their Spanish holiday was ruined by illness abroad, brought on by poor food & hygiene standards at their hotel.

All-inclusive holiday

Our client, Nicole, booked a 10 day all-inclusive getaway to the 4* Marina Torrenova Hotel, in the Spanish town of Palma Nova.

Illness abroad

However just a few days into her holiday, Nicole began to feel unwell. Our client suffered with nausea and fatigue, as well as having severe diarrhoea and a sore throat.

Poor food & hygiene standards

Nicole claims that the standards of hygiene within the hotel and its restaurant were very poor. Our client reports witnessing hotel staff, who did not wear gloves when handling food, adding hot food to trays of cold food. According to Nicole, the drinks served at the hotel bar appeared watered down to taste and she believes that the ice cubes put into all drinks were made from local tap water.

Nicole also claims that there was a strong smell of sewage in and around the hotel and that her room was not cleaned regularly, as was expected.

Successful outcome

Our expert Travel Law team secured a total of £1,900 in compensation for our client on this occasion.

Illness abroad claims – expert advice

If you believe that your illness abroad is 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.

To 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 illness abroad, we may be able to help. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com for your FREE consultation.

Food Poisoning Contracted on Luxury Holiday

Image of a walkway leading to an empty beach in Boa Vista Cape Verde

Our dedicated team of Travel Law solicitors recently secured compensation for a holidaymaker who fell severely ill with food poisoning whilst on a luxury holiday in Boa Vista, Cape Verde.

5* hotel – disappointed

Our client booked an all-inclusive week long stay at the 5* ClubHotel Riu Karamboa with tour operators Thomas Cook.

The claimant was very disappointed at the cleanliness of the hotel upon arrival, and more so after eating in the hotel restaurant.

Our client noted numerous food and hygiene issues, including: hot food added to cold food that had been left out for long periods of time and partially cooked food being served, which also appeared to have been reheated. Our client also noted a large number of stray cats that would wander in and around the eating areas of the hotel.

According to our client, the general cleanliness of the hotel was sub par and was not of a 5* standard.

Food poisoning

Unfortunately, after a few days at the ClubHotel Riu Karamboa, the claimant began to suffer with symptoms such as severe diarrhoea; abdominal cramps; vomiting and nausea.

Our client avers that their symptoms were as a result of food poisoning caused directly by the poor food and hygiene standards at the Riu Karamboa.

Our expert Travel Law team secured a total of £2,000 compensation for our client on this occasion.

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.

To 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. 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.

£3,200 Holiday Illness Compensation Awarded

Image of clear blue sea and white sandy beach in the Dominican Republic

Our team of dedicated Holiday Illness solicitors were recently instructed by a client who fell victim to the increasingly common cost cutting practices of tour operators whist holidaying in the Dominican Republic.

5* Resort

Our client booked a two week stay at the 5* Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino in the resort of Punta Cana, with tour operators Thomson.

Unfortunately, not long into her stay at the 5* resort, our client began to suffer symptoms associated with bacterial gastroenteritis or food poisoning. She complained of suffering stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting, which lasted for a total of four weeks.

Poor food & hygiene standards

As the luxury holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package, the claimant ate at the restaurants within the hotel throughout their stay. However, according to our client, the food and hygiene levels within those restaurants were not of a five star standard.

Our client reports buffet style food left tepid in temperature, not monitored by staff and food that was left uncovered for extended periods of time.They claim that meat and fish served to guests appeared partially cooked and on one occasion they were served visibly raw chicken.

Our client adds that no protective gloves or hats were worn by catering staff and that they often witnessed hot food being added to trays of cold food. Furthermore, the claimant reports that drinks appeared to be watered down and that they believe the ice cubes served in drinks were made using local tap water.

Our expert Travel Law team secured a total of £3,200 compensation for our client on this occasion.

Head of Holiday Illness & Injury here at Hampson Hughes, Shiamli Mehta-Cronie, said:

“Holiday illness 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 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.

To 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 illness we may be able to help. 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.

Mexican Getaway Ruined by Gastric Illness

Image of clear blue sea and a white sandy beach with huts in Riviera Maya Mexico

Our dedicated Travel Law team were recently instructed by a client after they contracted a severe gastric holiday illness on a luxury holiday to Mexico.

Our client booked a two weeks stay at the 5* Ocean Maya Royale, in the Playa del Carmen resort of Mexico.

Poor food & hygiene standards

As the holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with Thomson Holidays, our client ate all food and drink at the hotel. According to the claimant, the food and hygiene standards in the hotel’s restaurant and eating areas were not up to a 5* standard at all.

Our client reports food being recycled for use in other meals and the temperature of the buffet type food available was not monitored by staff at all, meaning that hot food was often added to trays containing cooler food. The claimant also reports that ice in the drinks was made using local tap water.

Severe gastric illness

Unfortunately, after our client ate at the restaurant a number of times, they began to experience severe gastric illness – the symptoms of which included severe diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, fatigue and nausea.

Our client avers that there illness was a direct result of the poor food and hygiene standards at the Ocean Maya Royale.

On this occasion our expert Travel Law team managed to secure a total of £2,500 in damages for our client.

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 see our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.
To discover how much holiday illness 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.

£2,100 Secured for Holiday Illness in Egypt

Image of the coast of the Red Sea at sunset

We were recently instructed by a holidaymaker who contracted holiday illness due to poor hygiene standards on their Egyptian getaway.

Our client had booked an all-inclusive package holiday at The Grand Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt for one week.

However, just two days into their holiday, they began to suffer stomach cramps, sever diarrhoea, nausea and fatigue, all of which lasted around 13 days.

Our client attended a pharmacy whilst abroad and was prescribed medication to help relieve their symptoms.

According to the claimant, hygiene standards at The Grand Hotel appeared very poor, particularly in relation to the hotel restaurant and the food it served. They claim that food was under-cooked, appeared reheated and was left out for long periods of time.

Furthermore, our client was not the only holidaymaker at The Grand Hotel struck by illness, as they spoke with other guests suffering from similar symptoms.

Our expert Travel Law team managed to secure a total of £2,100 compensation for our client.

Following the successful outcome our client said:

“I am incredibly pleased by the outcome of my claim. I literally sat back and waited for my settlement. I never thought it would be this easy or go so smoothly. I really can’t thank Hampson Hughes Solicitors enough.”

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.

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please see our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.
To 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.

£2,400 Secured for Holiday Illness in Egypt

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Our Travel Law team were recently instructed by a client who was struck ill with food poisoning whilst on holiday in Egypt.

The claimant booked an all-inclusive package holiday, for two weeks, at the Tropicana Rosetta & Jasmine Club Hotel in Egypt in April 2015.

Unfortunately, half way into the holiday our client began to suffer from stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting, symptoms which lasted a total of 18 days.

According to the claimant, food in hotel restaurant was under-cooked, was not served at the right temperature and appeared reheated. They claim that food was left out for long periods of time, the restaurant appeared dirty and that the standard and choice of food served at the hotel was poor. According to our client, staff members did not wear gloves when handling the food and eating areas were infested with insects.

They also claim that the furniture and decor in their own hotel room, and that throughout the hotel, was not in good condition.

Our expert Travel Law team managed to secure £2,400 compensation for our client.

Commenting on the claims process and the service they received from us, our client said:

“Quick, easy and worth it! I’m so glad I contacted Hampson Hughes Solicitors.”

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 see our Package Holiday Claims page.

To 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.

£3,500 Compensation Secured for Accident Abroad

Image of a yellow and white parasol with blue sky background relating to a holiday injury claim

Our expert personal injury solicitors were recently instructed by a client who suffered a non-fault injury whilst on holiday in Tunisia.

The claimant was on an all-inclusive package holiday at the ClubHotel Riu Marco Polo with Thomson Holidays when the accident abroad occurred.

During our client’s stay at the hotel, the weather on occasion had been fairly windy. According to our client, when the weather was particularly windy, staff at the ClubHotel Riu Marco Polo would remove sun parasols from their concrete slabs and place on the floor, so that they would not blow over.

However, on one occasion when the weather was bad, the staff simply lowered the parasols, instead of removing them form the slabs completely.

Our client was sunbathing by the pool when a gust of wind lifted the parasol and concrete block, which then struck the claimant’s legs.

As a result the claimant sustained injuries and losses thereof. She had bruising and pain to both ankles and bruising and pain to her left calve. She reported this to the rep and filled in the accident book and took pain killers for her injury.

Our expert team managed to secure £3,500 personal injury compensation for our client on this occasion.

Our client was delighted with the outcome and said:

“Thank you for all the effort given in completing this claim”.

Holiday injury & accident abroad claims – expert advice

If you have been injured during any stage of your package holiday, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Our expert team of travel law solicitors could help you to secure maximum personal injury compensation. To discover the amount of compensation that you could be entitled to, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Alternatively, more information can be found via our Package Holiday Claims page.