02 October 2015
Illness Outbreak at the Riu Bachata Hotel in the Dominican Republic
Slater and Gordon Holiday Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Lawyers have been contacted by numerous people regarding an illness outbreak at the Riu Bachata Hotel in the Dominican Republic.
A party of 25 holidaymakers attending a wedding in the Dominican Republic suffered an illness outbreak two days before the ceremony was set to take place. The majority of the group, including the bride and groom, suffered symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea. Several people have been left bedridden.
One holidaymaker who is pregnant has been hospitalised in the UK following the confirmation of salmonella food poisoning.
The specific cause of the illness outbreak at the Riu Bachata Hotel has not yet been identified, though current holidaymakers have described flies around the food.
Holiday Food Poisoning Compensation Claim Experts
The Holiday Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Lawyers at Slater and Gordon have extensive experience in acting for people that have suffered illnesses as a result of food poisoning at resorts and hotel restaurants overseas.
Slater and Gordon have previously acted on behalf of a group of holidaymakers at the Riu Bachata Hotel in the Dominican Republic. The complex case involved 307 people falling ill, the majority of whom had booked through Thomson, with nine booking through Thomas Cook. Seven pathogens were confirmed though the hotel claimed it was simply a case of ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’ or norovirus. Holidaymakers complained of poor hygiene standards, including food being left on the buffet for hours, fresh food being directly placed on top of less-fresh food, with chicken meat left pink in the middle.
Slater and Gordon Holiday Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Lawyer, Sharon Rowles, commented, “It’s very distressing to learn that an establishment has failed to learn from previous shortcomings that left many people ill. Ultimately it is consumers who pay the price.”
Group holiday food poisoning compensation claims are common as often the bacteria are easily transported from one person to another in close proximities. For more information on this see our previous blog, here.
Many holidaymakers and travellers involved in an accident overseas are unaware that they can pursue a compensation claim in the UK. If you have been affected by an outbreak of illness at the Riu Bachata Hotel in the Dominican Republic or anywhere overseas, you should seek legal advice on how to claim compensation for any medical costs incurred.
If you believe you have fallen ill as a result of food poisoning from a hotel abroad but are unsure whether you can claim or what a claim involves, see our blog, How a Holiday Food Poisoning Claim Works.
If you or your holiday party suffered food poisoning whilst on holiday at the Riu Bachata Hotel in the Dominican Republic, our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation.
Call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. From outside the UK please call +44 20 7657 1555.