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Fake sickness claim crackdown: UK to cap lawyers' fees
10 May 2018 @ 13:20

BRITAIN'S government will place a cap on fees charged by solicitors who handle sickness cases for clients who have been abroad in a bid to clamp down on the lucrative 'fake food poisoning' fraud which is crippling hotels and holiday resorts along the Mediterranean.

The number of claims against tour operators – which are passed on to the resort owners - for illness allegedly suffered by UK holidaymakers has increased 500% in just three years.

Spain is not the only victim – typical sun, sea and sand destinations across southern Europe including Portugal, Greece and Cyprus have also fallen victim to the scam – but Spanish hotels appear to be the main target, especially in the Canary and Balearic Islands, the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, particularly Benidorm.

Justice minister Rafael Catalá says the cost to hotels and holiday complexes in Spain runs into millions of euros.

Claim touts have been seen patrolling tourist belts in vans designed to look like ambulances, approaching Brits on the street and asking them if they would like 'a free holiday'.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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ads said:
10 May 2018 @ 13:44

I wonder what is being done to effectively clamp down on the claim touts themselves?
Is the inference that they are in league with law firms and if so what effective financial disincentives against those actually acting in this suggested fraudulent manner are in place to adequately address this fraud.... at source?
Surely any law firm and touts acting in such a fraudulent manner should be speedily exposed and financially penalised?


catmandu said:
13 May 2018 @ 13:14

You mean just like they clamped down on the legal firms that acted for property purchasers but failed to insist on the issue of bank gurantees and charged fees to investigate only to say there was nothing they could do.
The very same firms that now it has been firmly established by one firm that there is a legal remedy and they could have insisted have now jumped on the band wagon to claim back the deposits that they should have protected in the first place. Unfortunately for all the great things about the country and its people there are still some aspects that are very "third World".


marelison said:
13 May 2018 @ 19:10

This English people are making hell of a problems for others too. That is, first and foremost the people them self, not the scam firms. English people are also claimed as doing this from restaurants all around UK (I know what I´m saying). - They are (sorry to say) a big black spot by their behavior in Spain as in their own country. Of course there are not ALL English people like that, but these are the face of UK, abroad (or even in UK), the pictures which are drawing up. - My opinion.





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