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Plans to limit holiday sickness claims

From BBC - October 13, 2017

Efforts to crack down on UK tourists making fake claims for holiday sickness are being stepped up by the government.

It is proposing rules that would limit payouts by travel companies, which it hopes will deter bogus claims.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said there were about 35,000 claims over holiday sickness in 2016, a 500% rise since 2013.

The travel industry says the total cost of all claims was 240m in 2016 and risks raising holiday prices for all.

Abta says those making a successful claim typically get a payout of 2,100, but the cost to defend a claim is 3,800.

Industry experts have been to submit evidence to the Ministry of Justice. It is proposing rules that would mean there would be a maximum amount travel companies would pay for personal injury claims abroad.

At the moment, the law only specifies maximum amounts paid out for personal injuries sustained on UK soil.

"That is a loophole being taken advantage of by unscrupulous lawyers," a ministry spokesperson said.

The ministry is hoping to have new rules on holiday sickness claims set by next year.

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