There are some illnesses that an injury solicitor in Port Talbot would not be interested in. If you suffered a minor cut on your knee in a fall, for example, or if you had a mild stomach ache after a meal. It is highly unlikely that a personal injury solicitor would be able to make a successful case out of these.
Who can claim?
The system of personal injury claims was designed for people who have been seriously injured or made seriously ill. This does not mean that you have to have been admitted to hospital for several weeks! It just means that you were injured severely enough or were ill enough to have required medical attention.
When you call us at Accident Advice Helpline because you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Port Talbot to start a claim, we will firstly ask you if you received medical attention for your illness or injuries.
One of the more serious forms of food poisoning that you may want to talk to a personal injury solicitor about is called E.coli O157. This is a very nasty bacteria that can cause severe illness and even death. Here’s how it may end up featuring in a claim that we would handle on our no win no fee* scheme.
Personal injury solicitor in Port Talbot – E.coli claims
Some people have started personal injury claims after an E.coli O157 infection because they have been made ill on an open farm or zoo trip. These are very popular locations for family days out and school trips. Children (and adults!) are often encouraged to handle animals and take part in farm activities such as feeding a cow or milking a goat. There is no doubt that this sort of activity has many educational benefits for a child but they have also led to outbreaks of E.coli in schoolchildren and families.Open Claim Calculator
The problem is that farm animals are not sterile! They carry bacteria in their intestines (guts) and that gets transferred via animal dung to their coats, udders, feeding troughs and the general farm environment like gates and fences. The bacteria very rarely make the animal ill so it is impossible to tell which are infected and which are not.
However, the bacteria can certainly make a human ill if the bacteria get into their body. Mostly, the bacteria gets into the human body by being ingested. This means getting in through the mouth. This does not happen directly unless you actually licked an animal which is very unlikely! What actually happens is that our hands become contaminated when we touch the animal or anything around them, like a farm gate. Then when we eat or put out hands in our mouths – in goes the bacteria.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been made ill by someone else you should pick up the phone and call us here at Accident Advice Helpline. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Give us a call!