If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaire’s disease, and if this can be clearly traced to a particular source, contact our No Win No Fee lawyers today for a FREE assessment of your claim on 0800 081 0045 or complete the compensation claim form below and we will advise you on your first step towards receiving the compensation you deserve.
Legionnaires' disease is caused by breathing in water droplets contaminated with the Legionella bacterium. Once inhaled, the symptoms associated with Legionnaire’s disease (fever, muscle aches, persistent coughing, nausea and signs of mental confusion) can take up to two weeks to appear.
The disease can be fatal, and often leads to permanent respiratory injures, especially for older people and those with compromised immune systems.
Outbreaks of the disease typically originate in large buildings such as hospitals and hotels with complex water supply and air conditioning systems, and there are strict laws in place to ensure that these systems are controlled and maintained to prevent contamination.
If it is discovered that a building operator used faulty equipment or failed to monitor their water systems adequately, they can be prosecuted and be held liable to pay compensation to anyone who suffers personal injury or loss as a result of contracting the disease.
Since Legionnaires' disease is usually contracted in public places, it is often very difficult to trace the source of the outbreak. We therefore often need to establish a pattern and demonstrate this to the courts – for example, identifying a number of people falling ill with the disease from the same place.
With these complications, it is important to work with Thompsons. Our lawyers are experts in handling Legionnaires' disease cases – having a unique insight into the nature of the disease itself and specialist knowledge of the evidence gathering processes required to raise a claim for compensation.