Call personal injury specialists at Accident Advice Helpline for Legionnaires’ disease injury advice and information on how we can help you with a compensation claim.
Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. Symptoms are usually mild to start with and may include a headache and muscle pain. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more severe, such as a high temperature, chills, more severe pains and also confusion. You may also develop chest pain, breathlessness, a persistent cough and digestive problems.
How did I get Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionnaires’ disease is usually caught by inhaling small droplets of water contaminated by Legionella bacteria. These are often found harmlessly in lakes and rivers, but if they get into artificial water supply systems such as air conditioning, the bacteria can multiply to dangerous numbers.
What should I do?
You must seek medical attention as soon as possible as symptoms can get very severe, and left untreated the disease could prove fatal. Prompt treatment with antibiotics usually cures the disease, but some people may experience longer-term health problems, such as fatigue, muscle weakness and breathing problems. It is important to get Legionnaires’ disease medically documented so that the outbreak can be stopped before many more people become infected, and also to be used as evidence if you decide to make a compensation claim.
It’s a disease; surely no one is liable
Legionnaires’ disease is often caused by poorly-maintained water systems. These may include air conditioning, Jacuzzis and showers. Owners of buildings have a legal responsibility to ensure that their water systems are maintained to high safety standards. If it can be proved that they were not, then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you claim compensation.
How do I know where I caught it?
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can start anywhere from 2 – 19 days after exposure. We all visit so many buildings in both our work and leisure time that it may seem impossible to know where you caught it. However, it is likely that you will not be the only one infected. As more people are infected health authorities will be able to pinpoint the source of the infection by tracing places in common, such as if they all work in the same building or use the same gym.
How to claim compensation
Keep receipts and records of any costs you incur as a result of Legionnaires’ disease which might include cost of treatment, transport to hospital appointments and time spent unable to work. As soon as you feel able and within three years of contracting Legionnaires’ disease, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from your land line or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our free helpline is available 24 hours a day. Initially you will speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors who will be able to tell you if you are eligible for compensation, how much you may be able to claim, and provide Legionnaires’ injury advice. We have solicitors with expertise in all injury types who will be committed to gaining you the maximum amount of compensation with the minimum of inconvenience to you. Call us now and start your compensation claim today.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown