Hotel Quarantine Coronavirus Class Action

What is the Hotel Quarantine Class action about?

The Hotel Quarantine Class Action is a case seeking compensation for personal injuries, loss and damage alleged to have been caused by failures in the management of quarantining of travellers returning to Victoria during the ‘Coronavirus’ pandemic in 2020.

The case is being pursued against Unified Security Group (Australia) Pty Ltd and MSS Security Pty Ltd – that were engaged to provide security services for the management of returned travellers at the Rydges Hotel and the Stamford Plaza Hotel within the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Program.

The action alleges that failures in the management of the Program by the Defendants led to the spread of the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and caused at least 99.8% of COVID-19 cases in Victoria from May 2020.

As a result of the Hotel Quarantine Outbreak, group members in the class action have suffered personal injuries and associated loss and/or damage.

Background

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that is highly infectious, transmissible by face-to-face contact, and also contact with surfaces that an infected person has contacted.

Travellers returning to Victoria from overseas had been identified by Victorian public health officials as posing the highest risk of COVID-19 infection to the community.

At all relevant times it was reasonably foreseeable to Unified and MSS, that persons in hotel quarantine infected with COVID-19 might infect other persons in hotel quarantine exposed to the disease if appropriate control measures were not in place and implemented correctly.

Unified and MSS had responsibility for, and control over, the risk that COVID-19 might spread from returned travellers at Rydges Hotel and/or the Stamford Plaza Hotel into the community.

Adequate steps were not taken by Unified and MSS to mitigate the risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19.

Can I join the class action?

Who can join the class action:

  • people who suffered psychiatric injury as a result of the death of a person who died from COVID-19 as a result of the Hotel Quarantine Outbreak;
  • people who suffered personal injury (either physical injury or psychiatric injury), loss and damage as a result of contracting COVID-19 as a result of the Hotel Quarantine Outbreak;
  • the legal personal representatives of the estates of any deceased persons who died from COVID-19 as a result of the Hotel Quarantine Outbreak;
  • people who were dependants of persons who died from COVID-19 as a result of the Hotel Quarantine Outbreak;

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be entitled to compensation.  If you are unsure whether you can participate in the class action, please contact us so that we can provide you with further assistants regards your rights.

What are the costs of participating in the class action?

Arnold Thomas & Becker is acting in the Hotel Quarantine Class Action on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. This means that Arnold Thomas & Becker will only recover its legal costs if the class action is successful, either by way of payment made by the Defendant/s following a settlement or successful Court trial.

Group members are not required to pay any money up-front in order to be involved in the case or to receive any compensation that they are entitled to from it.

How to register for the Hotel Quarantine Class Action

To register for the Hotel Quarantine Class Action on a no-cost, obligation free basis, complete the enquiry form below.

Hotel Quarantine Class Action Summary Statement

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