There has been a great deal of publicity in recent weeks about the spike in holiday sickness claims, with talk of UK holidaymakers being banned from all-inclusive breaks unless they stop making bogus food poisoning claims.
The Government is set to act against firms who break the rules and encourage holidaymakers to make fraudulent sickness claims, with the Ministry of Justice’s Claims Management Services Regulator examining the relationship between firms that encourage tourists to lie about holiday sickness and solicitors who take the cases on.
At Hilary Meredith Solicitors our position is very clear. We have long campaigned against fraudulent claims in the personal injury sector and our zero tolerance approach applies just as strongly to fraudulent holiday claims. Any organisation that encourages holidaymakers to bring fraudulent should be put out of business. Pursuing a fraudulent claim is illegal and the UK Government has quite rightly changed its travel advice to warn holidaymakers about this.
At the same time, it must also be remembered that not all holiday sickness claims are exaggerated or bogus. In genuine cases, we are ready and waiting to deal with individual claims as well as large group actions from specific hotels.