Although the primary source of Legionnaires’ disease comes from industrial settings, such as water cooling towers or air conditioning, it is not uncommon for the contamination to be spread in other outlets. These include sprinklers, spa baths and also Legionnaires’ disease from a jacuzzi. The good news for people living in the UK is that outbreaks are not very common here. In fact, in 2013, of the 284 reported cases, around a third were contracted during travel to other areas, especially warmer climes such as the Mediterranean or India. However, heat can be a factor, which is why jacuzzis should be highlighted.
While picking up the disease in this way represents a very small portion of the total number of people who use these devices, this is no excuse for negligence. Anyone offering jacuzzis as a service to clients should be aware of the possibility, no matter now remote, of the bacteria being activated by temperature. Other risk factors include the age of the customers using the jacuzzi, as more than 80% of cases involve people aged 50 and over. Those most at risk from contamination also include smokers, or non-smokers who have previously smoked heavily, as well as regular alcohol drinkers.
What are the potential after-effects?
Fortunately, contracting Legionnaires’ disease from a jacuzzi is a relatively rare scenario. However, it can have lethal consequences. Although the symptoms are similar to a bout of the flu, Legionnaires’ disease can be a fatal infection. This is particularly the case where the sufferer already has an underlying medical condition, such as kidney disease, diabetes or a respiratory issue. For people whose immune systems are already weak, such as cancer or AIDS patients, a trip to a jacuzzi can be potentially deadly. A longer-term aspect of the disease can be mental ill health, leading to depression.
Professional assistance at the end of the phone
People who have suffered Legionnaires’ disease may well feel compelled to take action, but are deterred by the thought of legal proceedings. This is where we can step in. Accident Advice Helpline have been investigating cases like this for more than 15 years. We have legal experts who can assess the background of any situation and advise whether or not you could expect to be rewarded any compensation for the stress you have been through. Phone 0800 689 0500 today to kick start the process with no win no fee advice.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown