I was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. Can I make an injury claim?

If you were recently diagnosed with Legionellosis or Legionnaires disease as it’s otherwise known, you may have had to take time off work due to experiencing a high fever, chills, muscle pains or feeling run down with a persistent cough or a headache.

All of these symptoms can make you feel run down and in the process, you may be left feeling depressed if you’re struggling financially due to taking time off work. Legionnaires disease is usually contracted by breathing in water droplets which contain the legionella bacterium.

The bacteria can survive in a natural environment along with contaminated water sources. At temperatures of 20 and 45 degrees C the bacteria can thrive, contaminating cooling systems, swimming pools, hot water systems, air conditioning units and any place where the temperature is right. They are more likely to survive if they have a viable food source like algae, sludge or rust.

On average it can take two weeks or so until a person shows any of these symptoms. Legionnaire disease symptoms can be severe and similar to pneumonia which can therefore be potentially fatal. To avoid this from happening, it’s the responsibility of the people who manage the premises you’re staying in to ensure that any water systems are subjected to strict legislation. This is to enable for the management and maintenance of the water system, so that it is safe from contamination and doesn’t harm any people.

If you or a friend or relative have contracted Legionnaires disease or have any of the symptoms associated with the legionella bacterium, you could be eligible to claim injury compensation for any damages to your health along with any knock-on effects caused by loss of wages.

Our solicitors can help with your Legionnaires disease injury claim

Specialist industrial disease solicitors can review your case and determine how much your Legionnaires disease claim could be worth.

For more information, please call our Personal Injury Solicitors on 01722 422 300 to discuss with an advisor, or:

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