Holidays should be unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s fun filled family adventure, a romantic and relaxing break, or hair-raising excursions with friends, the thought of needing to claim for travel accident compensation is often far from the mind.
However, safety on holiday is a hugely important element to consider when both planning and enjoying your trip. It is also something to keep in mind upon your return to the United Kingdom as some illnesses picked up on holiday don’t manifest the full extent of their symptoms for quite some time.
One such illness is Legionnaires disease which can cause serious and distressing health problems on holiday and after.
What is Legionnaires disease caused by?
Legionnaires disease is the consequence of legionella bacteria infecting the lungs. The most common cause of Legionnaires disease is victims inhaling small droplets and particles of contaminated water.
Though the relevant bacteria are more often found in natural water sources such as lakes and rivers, they can reproduce and spread rapidly should they work their way into an artificial water supply, causing serious public health problems and posing threats to good health on holiday.
What are the symptoms of Legionnaires disease?
Victims of Legionnaires disease will initially display:
– High fever
– Muscular pain
As the disease takes hold you may also develop:
– A persistent cough
– Breathing difficulties and chest pains
How can it be treated?
Legionnaires disease is typically treated by a course of antibiotics, the length and dosage of which is determined by the severity of the condition. It can cause serious complications to internal organs such as the lungs and kidneys.
The first step to making a holiday illness claim, should you contract Legionnaires disease, is to call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone line. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and a dedicated team of professionals are waiting to answer your questions.
From this initial consultation, it is up to you as to whether you want to continue your travel illness compensation claim. Providing you can prove that the accident or cause of illness occurred within the last three years, that you required medical attention as a result, and that it wasn’t your fault, then your holiday accident claim ought to be a strong one.
With Legionnaires disease, you may need to prove that artificial water sources, such as fountains or showers, were contaminated by the bacteria.