Irwin Mitchell has secured compensation for 150 British holidaymakers who had their sunshine breaks in Tunisia ruined by illness.
The tourists were staying at the 4-star Hotel Soviva in Port El Kantaoui in 2002 and complained of diarrhoea and sickness, in some cases caused by the serious bacterial infection Salmonella. Some of the holidaymakers have been left with long-term conditions including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) contracted as a result of their initial illness.
The High Court decision brings an end to the claims after tour operator First Choice was forced to admit liability. First Choice repeatedly refused to accept that they and the hotel management were at fault for the outbreak of illness, despite overwhelming evidence indicating serious health and hygiene failures at the hotel.
Among the 150 holidaymakers was Christine Lewis from Warrington in Cheshire, who was awarded £17,000 in damages after her stay at the hotel in 2002 led to her falling ill with severe stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting. Another holidaymaker who fell ill whilst at the hotel in 2002 was Steven Young from Weston-super-Mare Somerset. He has been awarded £13,000 by the High Court.
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