At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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Legionnaires' Disease Compensation Claims

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White industrial pipesLegionnaires' disease is caused by breathing in water droplets contaminated with the Legionella bacterium. Once inhaled, the symptoms associated with Legionnaires' 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 this particular infectious disease typically originate in large buildings such as hospitals and hotels that have complex water supply and air conditioning systems. Fortunately, there are strict laws in place to ensure that these systems are controlled and maintained in such a way as to prevent contamination.

If it is discovered that a building operator used faulty equipment or failed in some way in their duty to monitor and maintain their water systems, 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. It is therefore sometimes necessary to establish a convincing pattern of possible origin and to demonstrate this to the courts – for example, identifying a number of people falling ill with the disease from the same place.

Legionnaires' disease treatment

Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics - erythromycin or clarithromycin are the two most commonly prescribed. Most courses of treatment last a week, although in some cases may last for up to three weeks.

Around 90% of people who contract Legionnaires' disease make a full recovery after treatment, although cases of prolonged fatigue post-treatment are common.

Legionnaires' disease compensation claim lawyers

Bearing in mind some of the difficulties of proving liability in Legionnaires' compensation claims, it is important to work with Thompsons. Our lawyers are experts in handling Legionnaires' disease cases. We have 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.

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaire’s disease, and if this can be clearly traced to a particular source, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Contact our No Win No Fee lawyers today on 0800 089 1331 for an assessment of your claim. Our specialist lawyers will talk things through with you, free of charge and with no obligation.

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