Shigella is a type of bacteria which causes shigellosis or bacterial dysentery, the most common type of dysentery in the UK. It’s highly contagious and can be spread amongst people in close contact, such as families, or those in nurseries or schools. Shigella causes an infection of the intestine which leads to a range of symptoms, and if you have been affected you could find yourself considering making a claim for shigella compensation. Trust Accident Advice Helpline – our 24/7 helpline is on hand offering advice and we can tell you whether you have a viable claim for compensation.
What are the symptoms of shigellosis?
Infection with shigella bacteria can lead to bloody diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. Pretty unpleasant, you must admit, but there is some good news. Most people don’t need medical treatment and symptoms usually resolve themselves within a week or so. If your symptoms do persist, you may need to see your GP for antibiotics, and in severe cases treatment in hospital may be needed. This is more likely if you are elderly, a young child or have a weakened immune system.
If your child has been affected by shigellosis at their school or nursery or if you have become ill after spending time in hospital, you could make a claim for shigella compensation. The infection is easily spread by poor hygiene practices, such as failing to wash your hands after the toilet and touching food, surfaces or another person – which means you could be at risk any time you’re in a public place, such as when you’re enjoying a meal out or at the cinema.
How we can help
It couldn’t be easier to find out if you could make a claim for shigella compensation. Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, and you can call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice at any time. So whether you have suffered loss of earnings after taking time off work to recover after a shigella infection and are ready to make a claim, or are just exploring your options, you can get in touch with us for more information and advice. Remember, you’re not to blame – poor hygiene is the culprit and the establishment which is responsible for the outbreak could be held liable for your illness and ordered to pay you compensation.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton