A Belfast family are seeking compensation from tour giant TUI UK Ltd after their August 2017 holiday was ruined by an alleged outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.
Martin McCooke (39) and Harry McCooke (1) instructed the specialist YHC claims solicitors on their return from Aqua Nevis resort in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria whilst still suffering from illness symptoms.
âI initially suffered from a fever, shivering and loss of appetite,â Martin explains.
âAs the illness progressed, I developed spots, making walking and lifting anything painful.
âSkin was falling off my hands and feet and I was bed bound for a number of days.
âI attended a local medical centre and it was there that a doctor diagnosed me with hand, foot and mouth disease.
âMy son, Harry, was also poorly and incredibly unsettled, refusing to eat at times with spots visible around his mouth.â
Mr McCooke claims that through conversations with his fellow guests, it soon became clear that other Aqua Nevis holidaymakers were also suffering from the unfortunate effects of illness.
âOther babies had confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and we know of at least 3 other children who were ill during our stay,â Martin comments.
âThere were no signs in place to warn holidaymakers of the illness, even after we reported our cases to the tour representative and hotel.â
Mr McCooke is also critical of hygiene standards at the TUI promoted resort, reporting that highchairs for babies were âfilthyâ and the sports bar area left uncleaned overnight until the following afternoon despite kidsâ club activities being run in the area adjacent.
He further claims that food hygiene appeared lacking during his stay with hot food frequently served lukewarm and left uncovered.
âThe food was of a poor standard,â he adds.
âIn the restaurant, tables were frequently dirty on arrival and you could see that the cutlery, crockery and glasses were chipped and dirty.
âI am also aware that the pool was closed on one occasion as someone had defecated in it.â
Once back in the UK, the Belfast family immediately contacted YourHolidayClaims and resolved to pursue a claim for hand, foot and mouth disease compensation.
Danielle Burnie, litigation executive handling the McCookeâs claims said: âI am saddened to learn of the McCooke familyâs experiences at Aqua Nevis Sunny Beach.
âFalling sick on holiday can be incredibly distressing and an illness such as hand, foot and mouth disease can quickly ruin an eagerly anticipated stay as those affected are effectively room bound and quarantined.
âIf you or your family have been unfortunate enough to contract hand, foot and mouth disease on holiday I would always advise that you report your symptoms to your tour operator and seek medical attention. Keep copies of any receipts for medical expenses and, if you can, exchange contact details with other afflicted guests. By following these steps, you both protect your health and obtain documentary evidence of the illness you suffered.â
Could you be entitled to compensation?
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