On 10 July this year, Thomas Cook successfully defended a claim made by a couple from Liverpool who fraudulently alleged that they and their children had fallen ill with food poisoning while on an all-inclusive holiday in the Canary Islands.
As Adam Penn, specialist personal injury solicitor with Ansons in Cannock and Lichfield, Staffordshire explains, the couple got a nasty shock when the case ended up in court:
‘The family tried to claim up to £10,000 in compensation, but the judge said there was no evidence to support their claim and so the case was dismissed. In an unusual move, given the fundamental dishonestly involved, the couple were ordered to pay the tour operator nearly £4,000 towards their legal costs.’
The case comes after a sharp increase in the number of people making fake holiday sickness claims often months, if not years, after the alleged event is said to have occurred. The scale of the problem is now so significant that many leading tour operators have decided to make a stand and refuse to pay out on claims that cannot be substantiated with proper evidence.
In view of the crackdown, if you have fallen ill while on holiday and you believe this is because of poor food or hygiene standards in your accommodation, you should take the following steps to help prove your case:
For further information on making a claim for holiday sickness, or any other personal injury matter, please contact Adam Penn on 01543 431196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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