While you may never have heard of Shigellosis before, you may be familiar with dysentery. This is because Shigella is a bacterium of which there are four distinct types; one of these is called Shigella dysenteriae. The mildest infections generally come from Shigella sonnei, which occurs frequently in the UK. The other types occur outside of the UK and have the potency to be more serious to humans who catch them.
As with other types of food poisoning, contaminated food is the main cause of Shigellosis. Contaminated water can also lead to the illness developing if the bacteria are present in the water source. This is partly why we are often advised to drink only bottled water when we are on holiday abroad. Once someone is infected with Shigella bacteria (of any type) they can spread it to other people.
Could you claim compensation if you contracted Shigellosis?
It may be possible to do so: it depends on how you were infected to begin with. For instance the vast majority of restaurants, take away outlets and hotel restaurants are supremely hygienic and keep any and all potential sources of infection to an absolute minimum. However, there are rare cases where infection can occur. If you contract Shigellosis you may suffer from diarrhoea for four to seven days. If this occurs while you are on holiday it could ruin your trip. Even if you believe you have contracted it from a take away you still have good cause to seek advice concerning a compensation claim. The main thing to bear in mind is whether you have evidence that someone was negligent in their handling or preparation of food. Professional advice can help enormously in this situation.
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It’s good to know you have someone to turn to if you believe you have been infected with Shigella bacteria and you want to know if you could claim compensation. Make sure you get in touch with us here at AAH now: use our free 24/7 helpline to speak to our professional injury compensation lawyers today. Providing you were infected within the last three years and it can be proven someone else was to blame for causing the infection, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact us now or choose to take the simple 30-second online test to determine whether you could launch a no win, no fee* claim.