Pilot from Berkshire sues Thomson for serious Salmonella in Egypt


A man from Berkshire is taking legal action against Thomson Holidays due to a sickness bug that ruined his first family holiday.

Pyramids in Egypt
Reported in the Mail Online, Mr Comley from Bracknell was staying at the Sonesta Beach Resort in Egypt when he was struck down with sickness and diarrhoea just four days into his holiday. The illness continued when he arrived back in the UK. The symptoms were so bad that Mr Comley felt he was unable to resume his duties as an airlines pilot with Easyjet.

Mr Comley required specialist medical treatment due to the agony caused by his crippling stomach pains. The detrimental effects of the food poisoning on his holiday, profession and family life led Mr Comley to pursue the tour operator giant in a formal claim for compensation.

Commenting on his decision to sue, Paul Stevens, Simpson Millar’s Group Litigation Manager advises:

“Mr Comley is making the right decision to claim compensation for the illness that he suffered in Egypt. A member of our holiday claims team has had first-hand experience of the Sonesta Beach and even undertaken an inspection of the hotel restaurant, having eaten in the hotel’s buffet.”

“We have helped large groups and individuals that have suffered illness at hotels in Egypt in claims against TUI UK Limited, the company that owns Thomson. Our success is mostly due to lapses in hygiene standards which Thomson are liable for under the Package Travel Regulations 1992.”

Simpson Millar LLP have recently settled a claim involving a group of over 200 holiday makers that suffered illness at the Red Sea Holiday Village in Egypt. We are currently representing a group of over 250 pursue claims against Thomson for illness suffered at the Coral Sea Waterworld in Sharm El Sheikh.

A spokesman for Thomson advised that they were sorry to hear about Mr Comley’s experience but could not comment any further as the case was “subject to legal proceedings.”

They went on to advise that the “ultimate priority for Thomson is the Health and Safety of all our Customers. We operate stringent health and hygiene procedures in line with industry standards”

In response to these comments, Paul advised “while it is my experience of Thomson that they usually pay compensation in line with what the courts are likely to award once we are involved, it seems more can be done by their hotel suppliers and their staff to prevent illness. Kitchen staff training is key to ensuring the risks of bacterial infection are reduced and possibly eliminated.”

Paul advised, “the kind of compensation Mr Comley can expect if successful, depends on a number of factors such as whether he lost earnings and whether he has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) following the acute phase of his infection. Claims for permanent IBS tend to attract awards in excess of £10,000 for the pain and suffering alone.”

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