Personal Injury Claim Due To Food Poisoning

We were instructed by a client who had suffered from Food Poisoning on or about 2nd February 2007 whilst on holiday in Hurghada, Egypt (a package holiday booked through Going Places, travelling on MS Sun Times on a Nile Cruise in Egypt. Whilst travelling on board the cruise liner our client attended a theme night, the theme being Egyptian. The food consisted of an open buffet with rice, meat and other various local delicacies. Bottled water was available. Our client ate from the buffet and within approximately four hours of consuming such food she suffered from vomiting, diahorrea which was frequent in attacks this also caused abdominal pain. It is our client’s case that she has suffered from food poisoning due to consuming said food from the buffet.

A Professor of Gastroenterolgy based in Salford, Manchester was instructed and he confirmed causation and confirmed that our clients food poisoning was on the balance of probabilities caused by salmonella.

This holiday was on a full inclusive basis. Going Places Leisure Travel Ltd was acting as the agent for the defendant and the holiday was fully itemised within the brochures provided by Going Places. It was our client’s claim that the food had not been prepared properly in a hygienic environment and bacteria had been growing on the food thus causing symptoms consistent with food poisoning.

Our client suffered personal injuries and other losses by reason of the above. Our client relied on Regulation 15 of the Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992.

As a result of the food poisoning our client suffered pain, injury, loss and damage. We seeked to obtain fair and reasonable compensation for the injury and other losses sustained by our client which comprises of diahorrea, vomiting and abdominal pain, nausea, loss of appetite, high temperature and muscle pain.

Court proceedings were issued in the Torquay & Newton Abbot County Court. The case settled for £6,750 plus payment of our clients holiday costs and payment of our reasonable costs, disbursements and VAT.

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