Jet2holidays agrees out-of-court settlement over Legionnaires’ cases linked to Bulgaria hotel

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By Lisa James
06/03/2024
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Jet2holidays has agreed an out-of-court settlement in the cases of three British holidaymakers who were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after returning from the same Bulgarian hotel. 

One of the holidaymakers, 75-year-old Brian Taylor of Oakes, Huddersfield, died in July 2019, a month after returning from Hotel Kalofer in Sunny Beach.

He spent 25 days in intensive care, was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease on 24 June and died on 17 July, 2019. 

Following Brian’s death, his family instructed Irwin Mitchell lawyers to investigate whether his illness was linked to his stay at the hotel. 

Two other, unnamed British holidaymakers who received treatment in UK hospitals and were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, also asked Irwin Mitchell to investigate. 

All three stayed at the Hotel Kalofer between June and July 2019.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network received four reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease that were potentially associated with the Hotel Kalofer in 2019.

Following legal submissions by Irwin Mitchell, Jet2 holidays has agreed undisclosed out-of-court settlements with Brian’s family and the two others.

In agreeing the out-of-court settlement, which totals six figures, Jet2holidays denied liability.

Irwin Mitchell Associate Solicitor Sarita Sharma said: “While nothing can make up for what the families have been through, we’re pleased to have at least secured these settlements which provides them with some closure.

“Large buildings with more complex water systems – such as hotels, hospitals or spas – are at a greater risk of legionella contamination, the bacteria which causes the infection.

“Following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease it’s vital that the source is identified as soon as possible.”

Jet2holidays said: “Our thoughts of course remain with Mr Taylor’s family and friends, and it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment.”

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