One of the more unusual reasons that a person would contact a personal injury solicitor in Farrington Gurney would be for a claim relating to the intestinal disease caused by E.coli O157. This is a bacteria that is naturally found in the gut of cows and causes severe illness if it enters the human intestinal tract. The job of the personal injury solicitor in Farrington Gurney will be to establish whether anyone else was at fault for your illness and how this came about. Your personal injury solicitor in Farrington Gurney can only start a compensation claim on your behalf if it can be shown who was at fault for your illness – you will be claiming from them. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with a large team of personal injury lawyers which include experts in E.coli O157. Just give them a call on their 24/7 free hotline and let them answer all your queries.
Will my solicitor in Farrington Gurney find out where I caught E.coli O157?
They will have to do this before they can start your personal injury claim. The first priority will be to establish if your case is part of a much wider outbreak. It is much easier to prove when and why you became ill if you are part of a much bigger group of people who all became ill at the same time. Sometimes, in these cases, the victims start a group case against the person who caused them to be ill. You can find out if your case is part of a bigger outbreak by contacting your local Environmental Health Department. They investigate cases of E.coli O157 and will know of any local outbreaks although big outbreaks of this disease also appear in the news as well.
When did I catch E.coli O157?
It takes anything up to 8 days for you to become ill after the bacteria has entered your body although most people have started to get some symptoms within 2 or 3 days. So have a think about what you were doing at this time. In particular think about:
- Meals out
- Contact with rivers and lakes
- Contact with animal dung (e.g. gardening)
- Contact with another person who had diarrhoea
- Contact with animals
Where may I have had contact with animals?
Sometimes domestic pets may be infected with E.coli O157 although this is rare. You are much more likely to have caught it from a farm animal. You can have contact with farm animals and their droppings at: • Animal contact centres at zoos (e.g. a petting corner) • City farms or other educational establishments • Working farms that have allowed a school visit • Agricultural shows or country fairs • Travelling zoos or projects that visit schools or other institutions