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Young Boy Awarded £2,300 from Thomson after Nightmare Stay at Dreams Beach Punta Cana

A 12 year old boy was holidaying with his family in the Dominican Republic on a 12 night all-inclusive package with Thomson. However, the holiday turned out to be a nightmare for the boy, after he caught severe acute Salmonella from unsanitary conditions at the Dreams Beach, Punta Cana.

During his holiday, the little boy began to experience symptoms of illness. He became increasingly unwell and suffered from nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.

He suffered with the symptoms for the remainder of the holiday. His flight back to the UK from Dreams Beach was extremely uncomfortable and caused our young traveller a lot of upset and distress.

Holiday Salmonella

His symptoms continued when back in the UK, so he was taken to his local GP. His GP took a stool sample which revealed that he had been infected with Salmonella.

The symptoms did not subside and carried on for a further 2 weeks resulting in a loss of 5lb in weight.

Simpson Millar were approached by an adult on behalf of the young traveller to bring a claim against the tour operator Thomson, who were legally responsible for all aspects of the holiday under the Package Holiday Regulations 1992.

To support the little boy’s claim a medical examination was undertaken. The medical report confirmed that the young holidaymaker had suffered from severe acute infective gastroenteritis due to Salmonella. The timing of the symptoms suggested that the hotel food, drink or conditions were the source of the infection.

The young boy was awarded £2,300 compensation by Thomson for his illness.

Dated: 18/06/2012

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