Man, 72, contracted Legionnaires after trip to Turkey for wedding

A holidaymaker diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after attending his granddaughter’s wedding in Turkey has instructed specialist lawyers to investigate his illness.

Thomas Peek, from Exeter, Devon, was admitted to hospital shortly after his all-inclusive holiday with 16 family and friends at two-star Akdeniz Beach Hotel in Turkey. The 72-year-old had started experiencing problems including sickness and diarrhoea around four days into his break.

A number of other guests in the same party as Thomas also fell ill.

Thomas, who is now retired after working as a 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. On return to the UK, he spent five days in hospital and is still struggling with the effects of his illness.

He has now instructed expert 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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