Scotland’s leading lawyer representing victims of food poisoning and other mass contamination outbreaks has confirmed he has been contacted by several victims of the Airdrie Hepatitis A outbreak who want to begin legal action.
Patrick McGuire from Thompsons Solicitors who has won cases for victims of a large food poisoning outbreak at Gleneagles Hotel and is currently suing Scottish Water over a huge water contamination scandal in Motherwell said his team have already started taking calls from people affected.
Mr McGuire who is considered Scotland’s most experienced mass litigation specialist said his team had already started speaking with victims who had called his office. He said “After the news emerged on Friday that the number of cases had risen from 9 to 42 we started taking calls. Things are at an early stage legally but any one of these people who have been confirmed by the health authorities as having contracted Hep A will have a very strong case. It’s obviously of great relieve that the source of the outbreak, Christies Bakery, has now been given the all clear but for those who contracted this illness it’s been a very worrying and highly unpleasant experience.”
Hepatitis A is caused by contact with human waste and spread by poor hand washing hygiene. It causes a flu-like illness with loss of appetite, fever and abdominal pains. And although victims will recover in time it can lead to substantial periods of absence from employment.
Mr McGuire continued “In a previous case against Gleneagles hotel and in my ongoing case against Scottish Water, not only have we secured settlements for victims who lost wages through absence from work but also substantial amounts for the pain and suffering caused by the contamination. I expect these Airdrie cases to be very similar.” “Mass lawsuits like this require a large degree of experience which is why I have a specialist team who have dealt with outbreaks like this before and at present they are beginning cases on behalf of 9 clients. I would expect more people to contact us over the coming days and the more people who take legal action over this matter the more likely it is that we can have an early conclusion.”