Every year in the UK more than one million people suffer from a work-related illness, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work or you’ve developed a work-related illness, you may wish to consider claiming compensation.
Work-related injuries and illnesses
There are many different types of illness and injury, which tend to be more common among employees in certain industries. Your working environment can have serious implications for your health and you may be at risk of specific illnesses and infections, including Legionnaire’s disease.
Illness at work: all about Legionnaire’s disease
Legionnaire’s disease is a serious condition, which affects the lungs; it is caused by legionella bacteria and is spread through the inhalation of contaminated water droplets in the air. It is not possible for Legionnaire’s disease to be spread from person to person, but the bacteria can multiply very quickly in water systems, so it is important that all cases of Legionnaire’s disease are reported as quickly as possible. In large buildings, such as hotels and hospitals, infection can spread quickly through the water system, so early diagnosis and treatment is important.
The symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease are similar to other health conditions and this is why doctors usually ask patients where they have been recently when making a diagnosis; possible symptoms include a high temperature, chills and aching muscles, and some people experience more severe signs, such as breathing difficulties.
Treatment for Legionnaire’s disease involves taking a course of antibiotics. Most people recover from this disease, but if you have underlying health conditions, it can be very serious.
Why should I claim work accident compensation?
If you develop an illness at work, this can affect your long-term job security, as well as your financial status and your mental health and wellbeing, and compensation can help to provide financial security and ease worries in the event that you have to give up work or you experience difficulty getting another job.
Accident Advice Helpline has more than 12 years of experience in handling work accident claims, work injury compensation, road traffic claims and travel accident compensation. Most clients do not have to go to court and most of the information required by the expert lawyers is collected via the telephone. Contact the firm today on their freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – or visit the website to take a 30-second test to see if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown