Norovirus is the UK’s most common stomach bug, affecting between 600,000 and 1 million people a year. Because outbreaks are common in public places such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals, you could be affected by norovirus if you are already ill in hospital or if you’re in a public place. With 25 known different strains, there is no cure for norovirus, although most people start to feel better within a couple of days. If you’ve been affected, you may be eligible to claim norovirus compensation, depending on how the infection occurred.
What are the symptoms?
Norovirus, also known as winter vomiting bug, causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, and you’ll need to stay at home if you’re affected, as you’re infectious for the first 12 to 48 hours. This means visiting your GP is out, although if you are still suffering from symptoms after a few days, you may need to contact your GP for advice. The virus can survive for several days on objects that have been touched by infected people, so members of your family could also be at risk of infection.
Outbreaks of norovirus in hospitals, where people may already be very ill, should be contained immediately to prevent the spread of the virus. If you’ve been in hospital having surgery or treatment for another illness and you have been affected, you could claim norovirus compensation. Accident Advice Helpline have been helping customers claim compensation since 2000 and because our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, you don’t need to worry about how you will afford to pay expensive legal fees. So even if you have needed a week or more off work after contracting norovirus, you can afford to make a claim with us – you could be compensated for your loss of earnings.
Who’s entitled to claim?
Anyone can claim personal injury compensation if they have been injured due to somebody else’s negligence. If your child has been struck down by norovirus after an outbreak at their school, you may be able to make a claim on their behalf if it turns out the school did not take steps to contain the virus. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 today, and find out more about the claims process – it’s free to call and get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert personal injury advisors.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton