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Illness Bug at the Melia Las Dunas – Shigella / Dysentery Suspected as Probable Cause

The Simpson Millar Travel Lawyers are representing a group of people that suffered gastric illness at the Melia Las Dunas in Cuba in a compensation claim against Thomas Cook.

The group that we are representing include a wedding party and a family of four. One of the unlucky holidaymakers that we are representing contracted Shigella, which is bacteria often associated with contaminated water.

All those that suffered sickness and diarrhoea the Melia Las Dunas travelled with the well-known tour operator, Thomas Cook.

How do I join the Melia Las Dunas Group Claim against Thomas Cook?

If you suffered from illness at the Melia Las Dunas for a period of more than three days, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.

We can be contacted by completing the enquiry box to the right or calling us today. If you do contact us by telephone, please ask to be put through to the holiday claims team at Simpson Millar.

If you are happy to instruct us we will add you to the group.

What are the Benefits of being Part of Melia Las Dunas Group Action?

  • Through strength in numbers it will be a lot more difficult for Thomas Cook to argue that were no hygiene deficiencies at the hotel that resulted in illness
  • The more people that are represented, the better the evidence – this means that your chances maximising your compensation will be greatly enhanced
  • If you have not tested positive for any germ, the fact that we have someone that has, again means you have much better chances of succeeding

What is Shigella and why might the Melia Las Dunas be responsible for the Illness?

Shigella is a bacterium that causes symptoms of food poisoning including Abdominal Pain, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea with blood in stools.

In order to prevent hotel guests contracting the illness, staff at the Melia Las Dunas responsible for food hygiene could have taken simple steps to reduce the chances of picking up the bug. Such steps include the use of treated water to wash salads and fruits; regular hand washing and making sure food is cooked properly.

Why can I Sue Thomas Cook for Illness at a Hotel in Cuba

Fortunately for consumers, there is powerful legislation available that means that you take action against the tour operator responsible for arranging your package holiday.

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The 1992 Package Travel Regulations means that Thomas Cook is responsible if hotel staff at the Melia Las Dunas act irresponsibly and in a way that results in your illness.

What are the Benefits of Instructing Simpson Millar

The Simpson Millar Holiday Claims Team is unique in that their staff used to hold senior positions for the major Tour Operators including Thomas Cook, First Choice and Thomson.

This means that they know about the paperwork the tour operator does not want you to see.

Just by requesting documents, tour operators end up feeling obliged to offer compensation because they know it will be too difficult to defend claims if forced to disclose harmful reports.

Dated: 04/09/2012

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