UK: Salmonella victim bride wins compensation payout

Source of Article:  http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2008/09/17/salmonella-victim-bride-wins-compenation-payout-97319-21838953/

A BIRMINGHAM woman whose honeymoon was ruined by salmonella at an idyllic resort is set to be awarded compensation.

Mum-of-three Jennifer Bulman, from Castle Bromwich, spent more time vomiting and suffering with diarrhoea during the two-week honeymoon in the Canary Islands than with her new husband, Ian.

First Choice Holidays and Flights has admitted liability and fully accepted that there were problems with the Club Coleta Dora, in Fuerteventura.

Mrs Bulman, aged 36, is still suffering health problems two years after being struck by the severe gastric illness.

She said the dream holiday with Ian, now aged 43, and three children, turned to disaster just a few days into the trip when she fell ill.

It was diagnosed as salmonella in hospital in the UK.

Mrs Bulman said: “I was virtually confined to the hotel room for the remainder of our holiday and even when I ventured to the poolside I had to be sure I was not far from a toilet.

“This was my honeymoon and yet I spent more time away from my husband than with him.”

Mrs Bulman has since developed rheumatological problems linked to the salmonella infection, which means she has difficulty doing routine daily chores without help.

Family solicitor Nicola Blackburn, from Irwin Mitchell, Birmingham, said:

Mrs Bulman continues to suffer with ongoing gastric and rheumatological problems and has not been able to return to work since her honeymoon two years ago.

“First Choice Holidays & Flights has admitted liability and negotiations are currently underway to settle Mrs Bulman’s claim.”

She added: “Although we are pleased that the tour operator has fully accepted there were problems, this is yet another example of a fundamental failure to ensure basic health and hygiene procedures were correctly implemented by the hotel owner.

“Holidaymakers should be able to look forward to their annual trip abroad without the fear of returning with long-term health problems, as sadly happened in Mrs Bulman’s case.”

First Choice were unavailable for comment.

 

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