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Food Poisoning At Turkish Hotel: British Family In Hospital

Man holding stomach in pain
24th November 2014

Hotel meals said to have been “covered in insects” may have been responsible for an outbreak of food poisoning among a number of guests at a Turkish holiday resort.

A British family group of six who became unwell while staying at the four star hotel, including their ten year old daughter diagnosed with gastroenteritis, are to sue the tour company, Thomas Cook, for personal  injury compensation.

According to statements given by the family, they first became aware that something was wrong shortly after arriving, when they heard several guests complaining of falling ill. At the same time, they claimed to also have witnessed children suffering  bouts of vomiting by the pool following the eating of food served at the hotel.

Vomiting and diarrhoea are two of the main symptoms of gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach most commonly caused by eating food contaminated with salmonella or campylobacter bacteria. The daughter’s condition, including the risk of dehydration, was severe enough for doctors at the local hospital to decide an overnight admission was necessary for fluid replacement and further observation.

“Frightening ordeal”

The distress caused to members of the family, who saw their holiday to celebrate the parent’s honeymoon turn to disaster, was said to have been felt more intensely because they were “abroad in a foreign country.”  In a statement, the mother said they had not expected such a “frightening ordeal” to have taken place, and the terrible anguish of “having to go to hospital.” It has also been reported that guests staying at the same hotel previously, had suffered similar symptoms.

Thomas Cook has received severe criticism over “poor standards of hygiene” and “obscene” toilet facilities at several of their other hotels at Turkish holiday resorts. Compensation amounts have been paid out by the tour company to customers because of severe illness suffered, including £150,000 to twenty tourists who went down with food poisoning at a hotel in 2013.

 “Black Box For Humans” To Help Courts Decide Injury Compensation Levels?

Health monitoring technology is helping to provide vital evidence to back up claims made by a victim of a road traffic accident, as to the devastating and life-changing injuries they may have suffered as a result.

In a landmark injury claim currently in progress in North America, data stored on a claimant’s health tracking device worn while exercising is to be presented as evidence of activity levels before the accident occurred. The aim is to prove the extent of disability suffered after the accident, which prevents enjoyment of a normal life at the level previously experienced by the claimant, who practised as a personal fitness trainer. 

Doctor’s “clinical interpretation”

Up until now, legal representatives would often rely upon health examination reports prepared by a doctor. The conclusions reached may be based upon a clinical interpretation gleaned from a brief observation, and informed by an individual doctor’s experience and opinion. Courts need to determine the level of financial compensation to award based on a number of variables, including the consequential limitations imposed as a result of a personal injury.

Already in the US, legal experts are describing the personal health and fitness data from wearable technology currently being developed as a “black box” for the human body. As tracking sensors become more sophisticated, even more detailed, stored information could provide invaluable insight for future injury claim hearings.

Health tracking data could be critical in whiplash claim cases where the claimant can provide months or even years of exercise data. Alternatively, a fraudulent claim for the extent of injury sustained may be more precisely determined. One example is the ability to return to work and carry out the same type of tasks when compared to pre-accident capacity levels.