Family awarded £119k payout after Bulgaria holiday sickness hell

Some still suffering stomach cramps four years after holiday

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Family awarded £119k compensation after Bulgaria holiday sickness hell

A family have received a £119,000 payout after becoming seriously ill on a holiday in Bulgaria.

Stephen Beever, 54, from South Yorkshire, holidayed at the all-inclusive Royal Park in the Black Sea resort of Elenite in 2010 with his wife Tina and their six children, along with his brother, his wife and their children.

The group of 16 were awarded the sum after suffering with stomach cramps and sickness all holiday - with some members still suffering four years later.

Mr Beever said the hotel was "unhygienic" with cockroaches in the restaurants, undercooked meals, and flies on food.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Beever said: "Our holiday at the Royal Park Hotel was a disaster and has caused a lot of problems following our return.

"At least once a week Lucy (his daughter) will suffer with stomach cramps that cause her pain and distress."

Personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell secured a settlement of around £119,000 for the group.

Six children were awarded a total of £90,000 at Sheffield County Court in September, while the adults in the family were given nearly £30,000 from tour operator Balkan Holidays Limited after representatives admitted primary liability for the illness.

Mr Beever's sister-in-law said the sum received was fair "given that our family holiday was ruined by illness and due to the suffering we experienced then and thereafter".

Back in March, passengers who fell ill on board nine separate cruise ships between October 2009 and May 2010 won a £280,000 group settlement.

Travel law specialists Irwin Mitchell launched the legal action on behalf of over 130 passengers who suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps on board Fred Olsen's Boudicca cruise ship.

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