A man from Devon aged 72 has contracted Legionnaires’ Disease following a trip to Turkey for a wedding.
The 72 year old pensioner spent five days in hospital and has now instructed specialist lawyers to deal with the case. He is keen for laywers to investigate the illness in more detail.
Admitted to Hospital
Thomas Peek, from Exeter, Devon, was admitted to hospital following his all-inclusive holiday with family and friends at two-star Akdeniz Beach Hotel in Turkey. The 72-year-old experienced symptoms including sickness and diarrhoea approximately four days into his break.
In addition to Thomas, other guests who were staying in the resort also become unwell.
Thomas, a retired Health and Safety plant operator trainer and NVQ assessor, had to seek medical attention at the airport prior to his flight home to the UK. He was put on a drip until he felt able to fly home. On return to the UK, he spent five days in hospital where he recovered, however, he is still struggling with the effects of Legionnaires’ Disease.
International Personal Injury Lawyers
He has now instructed international personal injury lawyers to investigate how he contracted Legionnaires’ disease.
Jatinder Paul, senior associate and expert international personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing Thomas, said: “What should have been a memorable holiday for Thomas quickly turned into a period of extended suffering, with his symptoms proving so serious that he was admitted to hospital on his return to the UK.
“Through our work we see first-hand how dangerous Legionnaires’ Disease can be. People can often face long-term health problems and potentially even death as a result.
“We are determined to provide Thomas with the answers he deserves. If during the course of our investigation any issues are identified it is important that lessons are learned.
“Following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease it is vital that the source is identified as soon as possible. If any members of the public start experiencing any of the symptoms it is crucial that they seek immediate medical advice.
“We are determined to help them gain the answers they deserve in relation to their experience and hope that our efforts can ensure, where possible, that lessons can be learned so no one else suffers in a similar way in the future.”
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