Most of us have heard of gastroenteritis and perhaps will recognise it as a kind of stomach complaint. To be more exact, it refers to the presence of vomiting and diarrhoea. Patients may present with one or other or both symptoms. It is typically a 24-hour bug and is often caused by Norovirus, otherwise called the winter vomiting bug. This name arose because it is typically more widespread at this time of year. It can however, occur at any period of the year.
It is easily spread if proper hygiene measures are not followed. For example if a person vomits and then does not clean up properly afterwards and disinfect the area, the germs may still be present. Others who use the toilet after them could then catch viral gastroenteritis from them. It is highly contagious but it can be contained if those who are ill do not mix with other people until they are better. This means avoiding contact for 48 hours.
Could you claim compensation if you get viral gastroenteritis?
It depends on the situation. The vast majority of holiday-related businesses take great care in ensuring their premises are kept clean and hygienic at all times. Food should always be served properly and at the correct temperatures to minimise any problems, as viral gastroenteritis can have other causes as well.
If you do catch this type of viral illness and there is evidence that negligence on the part of another person or business has caused you to succumb to the illness, you should seek professional advice from injury compensation lawyers. They deal with cases of viral gastroenteritis that have affected lots of people in particular venues such as cruise ships and hotels, for example.
Could Accident Advice Helpline help you?
As you can see it is vital that you get professional advice to see whether you could indeed make a no win, no fee* claim concerning your illness. Our team of lawyers have experience in dealing with claims such as these and we may be able to handle your claim as well. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line to determine whether you do have a case that needs to be answered.
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