30 January 2009
Compensation settlement agreed by Legionnaires disease sufferer
A postman who contracted Legionnaires' disease while on a holiday abroad with his family has agreed to a compensation settlement with his tour operator.
Recently, David Higgs came to an out-of-court arrangement with First Choice, which admitted liability for his suffering, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The 47-year-old was staying in the Playa de las Americas area of Tenerife, which is located towards the south of the island, when he became ill.
One day into his break, he and his daughter Leah began feeling unwell after having both used the shower in their apartment.
Mr Higgs suffered hallucinations, vomiting, a fever and diarrhoea. Doctors at the resort told him it was a gastric illness.
Upon his return to the UK, however, the 47-year-old's condition deteriorated and he began suffering from respiratory problems.
After being taken to Sandwell Hospital, he was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease and was transferred to intensive care.
He wife, Jayne, said: "Doctors said if we hadn't brought David into hospital that day, he could have been dead within 12 hours. It was devastating."