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Affected still fighting for Legionnaire’s compensation in Benalmadena

PEOPLE who were affected by the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in Benalmadena in 2007 have complained they are not being offered enough compensation. 

Some 20 people who were affected by the outbreak which came from a refrigeration tower at the ice rink in Benalmadena have complained that they are being offered less than €1,000 each by the club’s insurance company.

Almost 50 people had to go to hospital due to the outbreak and two people died, including a former Euro Weekly News editor, aged 68 at the time.

Many people spent weeks in hospital and some were left with permanent after effects.

The relatives of the deceased are being offered a little over €100,000. Five years on, the victims claim that they were never contacted by the town hall or the company that managed the club.

Meanwhile, the lawyer handling the case for most of the people affected, Damian Vazquez, said that the quantities offered as compensation was determined by a forensic doctor.

He said he understood that people thought them insufficient and that the case would go to trial if they don’t accept them. 

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