Legal help for family after fatal illness on holiday

People at airport waiting to board flight

Specialist solicitors in our Foreign and Travel team are currently investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at a Bulgarian hotel that sadly claimed the life of a Scottish holidaymaker.

John Cowan passed away in June this year after falling ill at the Hotel Kalofer in the popular Sunny Beach resort.

John Cowan Legionnaires Disease Victim

After failing to get answers from holiday operator Jet 2 and the hotel involved, John’s family sought expert independent legal advice from the team at Digby Brown.

Mark Gibson, Partner and Head of the Foreign & Travel department, is now supporting the family amid an extensive investigation into this tragic incident.

Mark said: “When someone passes away it can be a truly traumatic experience for the surviving family and friends.

“But when the death then appears to have been caused by the negligence of a third party it can understandably make things feel worse.

“It’s absolutely vital that each claim of a negligent death is fully investigated.

“These kinds of claims provide a family with answers and closure, it holds those responsible to account and, if there are lessons to be learned from, it can make our society a safer place to live.

“We will continue to assist this family in the hope we can bring them the answers they deserve.”

This legal action was reported in the national media this week and you can read more online at:

The Scotsman – Jet2 sued by family of tragic Scots tourist who died of Legionnaire’s disease
BBC – Man dies of Legionnaires’ disease after Bulgarian holiday
The Sun - Family of tragic Scot who died after contracting deadly Legionnaires’ disease in Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach accuse Jet2 of trying to ‘hush up’ death