Holiday Sickness Claim Settled for Five Figures

November 18th, 2016 | By injuryclaims


A family, whose holiday in Egypt was ruined after the majority of its members contracted a stomach bug, has been awarded £29,850 in compensation.

Brian and Pamela Pilling, from Chesham in Buckinghamshire, decided that as a treat for their family they would organise a luxury break in a five-star Sea Club Resort on the Egyptian coast. The couple, who had spent around £17,000 on the trip, had many activities booked such as camel trekking and quad biking. Their plans were interrupted, however, when five days in some of their family members became ill.

Brian, a sixty-one year-old retired labourer, was one of the first holidaymakers to fall ill. Recounting his experience, he told news reporters that “I thought at first it would just be a day thing, a little gastric upset but wow was I wrong… In the end, we had to ask the hotel doctor to visit. He immediately put me on an intravenous rehydration with antibiotics and paracetamol.”

Of the thirteen family members on holiday, eleven contracted the bug and two needed to be rehydrated with an intravenous drip. They were also put on antibiotics. The ordeal didn’t end when the family returned to the UK, however, as much of the family continued to experience symptoms. Brian commented, “The holiday was a great disappointment devastated by illness and I wish we had never gone.”

Upon their return to the UK and recovery from illness, Brian and Pamela consulted a personal injuries solicitor and made a claim for sickness whilst on holiday in Egypt. The claim was made against Thomson Holidays, the company that organised the trip, and claimed for both the cost of the holiday and the suffering of each family member that fell ill.

In the claim, the couple alleged that the bout of illness was caused by substandard hygiene conditions at the Sharm-el-Sheik report. They claim that the food was not cooked properly and was regularly seen uncovered, surrounded by birds. After Thomson Holidays investigated the allegations, they settled the claim for compensation with the couple for £29,850.

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