Holidaymakers Call On Lawyers For Help After Illness At Egyptian Resort

Experts Instructed In Relation To Jaz Mirabel Beach For Seventh Time In Eight Years


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Specialist lawyers who have helped a number of holidaymakers gain justice regarding problems at the Jaz Mirabel Beach resort in Egypt in previous years have now been instructed by holidaymakers who have suffered illness after staying at the resort in June this year.

Irwin Mitchell’s expert illness lawyers are representing a Sheffield couple whose stay at the resort was ruined when they both fell ill with serious gastric symptoms, with one of them subsequently being hospitalised in the UK with a confirmed Salmonella.

The team of legal experts, who successfully represented holidaymakers in relation to problems at the resort in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and is continuing to work on behalf of holidaymakers who fell ill during their stay at the hotel in 2013, have now commenced investigations into the cause of the illness suffered by the Sheffield couple who travelled to the hotel in June this year.

Clare Comiskey, the legal specialist in Irwin Mitchell’s International Personal Injury team who is acting for the couple, said: “We are concerned to have heard from holidaymakers regarding reports of illness suffered whilst holidaying at the Jaz Mirabel Beach resort in Egypt in June this year.

“The first-hand accounts we have heard have raised a number of concerns and also highlight the significant impact that illness of this nature can have on victims – in some cases leading them to develop long-term symptoms which can cause disruption to their work and personal life.

“We have successfully represented many British holidaymakers with claims for damages for illness following stays at the Jaz Mirabel Beach hotel over recent years. We are now making our own enquiries regarding what caused recent guests at the hotel to become so severely ill.”

Irwin Mitchell have been approached for help this year by Ann Smith, a 54-year-old nurse from Sheffield, who visited the resort for a week with her husband in June. Several days into the holiday, they both fell ill.

Ann recalls: “The illness really knocked us for six and we suffered diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pains. It was awful and we were both so lethargic, which meant we just couldn’t enjoy the rest of the holiday.

“As the break went on, we noticed how on occasions some food appeared to be left out for long periods of time, and we saw what looked like new food being added to trays with existing food.  We also saw the same utensils being used to handle different foods and we sometimes saw birds in and around the restaurant area at the beach bar.

“I visited the resort’s clinic for treatment, but both my husband and I needed to see our GP when we got home – he even had to spend a few days in hospital where it was confirmed he had contracted Salmonella.” 

Both Ann and her husband were signed off work for several weeks following their ordeal at the resort.

Ann added: “Being a nurse, there was simply no way I could have gone into work considering what we had been through. This was supposed to be a relaxing break but just ended being an absolute nightmare.

“You simply do not expect to fall ill when you go on holiday. We have instructed Irwin Mitchell to investigate the cause of our illness and to help us get the answers we want about what caused us both to be so ill.”