When you are away on your travels using a luxury spa, or are relaxing in the sauna following a workout in the pool, it doesn’t often cross our minds that we could be subjecting ourselves to Legionnaires’ disease, or Legion Fever.
A top culprit for travel accident compensation, Legionnaires’ disease is uncommon, but nevertheless an acute illness that is potentially lethal, even for individuals who are otherwise healthy.
How would I contract the illness abroad?
You would contract Legionnaires’ disease abroad in the same way that you would in the UK, by breathing in air, droplets of water, mist or steam that contains the bacteria Legionella, which causes the illness.
Many people are aware of holiday sickness such as food poisoning, but forget to be vigilant with regards to the dangers surrounding cleanliness of spa facilities and swimming pools. It is poorly maintained areas such as these that are the breeding ground for Legionella.
Can Legionnaires’ disease be treated?
Not all cases of Legionnaires’ disease end fatally, in fact only approximately 10 per cent of otherwise healthy adults who contract the illness on holiday or at home will face mortality due to the ailment.
The good news is that the disease cannot be passed from one person to another, meaning that so long as you receive medical treatment and complete your course of antibiotics, there is a good chance you will make a full recovery and not infect your friends or family.
What are the symptoms?
Legionnaires’ disease is typically characterised by fever, aching muscles and other flu-like symptoms, such as headaches and coughs. Shortness of breath is also a characteristic of the illness.
Can I claim compensation for a holiday illness?
If you have contracted Legionnaires’ disease on holiday, there is a likelihood that you may be able to claim holiday illness compensation.
The chance of your claim being successful heightens if your holiday was booked through a UK travel agency, as this will ensure that UK law covers all travel, accommodation, and activities arranged by the company – this makes the travel compensation case far more straightforward.
The best way to establish your eligibility for your holiday sickness claim is to speak with a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500.
Taking just a few moments of your time, their expert team will assess the basics of your holiday illness case and advise if it is worth processing a claim for travel accident compensation.
Alternatively, go online now and complete the ’30-second test’, which gathers key information about your travel claim and enables Accident Advice Helpline to determine if your case is worth pursuing on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: February 2, 2014
Author: David Brown