You’ve saved hard all year, got your injections, packed your bags, and finally you are on holiday. But what happens if a dirty shower head or poorly maintained air conditioning unit leads to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in your package holiday hotel?
The dedicated solicitors at Your Holiday Claims regularly help holidaymakers from across the UK receive thousands in successful no win no fee claims for Legionellosis on holiday.
In our latest article, we take a look at the common symptoms of the disease and outline how our legal experts could help you.
Legionnaires’ disease – Know the signs
Unfortunately, Legionnaires’ disease is one holiday illness that you cannot vaccinate against – a lung infection caused by inhaling water contaminated with Legionella bacteria, the disease commonly presents with:
- Initial flu-like symptoms such as mild headaches, fever and chills
- Changes in mental state
- Cough that produces phlegm and rarely, blood
- Shortness of breath
- Sickness and diarrhoea
Symptoms generally start 6-7 days after exposure to the source.
If you believe you have contracted Legionnaires’ disease on holiday it is important that you seek medical advice and make your tour operator aware of your symptoms as soon as you are able to.
Even if you have returned from your holiday, we would still advise that you visit your GP for a health check-up. A doctor could better diagnose your condition and suggest possible treatment options.
Legionnaires’ disease hot spots
The expert claims team at Your Holiday Claims are aware of several outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease with hotels in Egypt, Turkey and the Mediterranean said to be affected.
However, an outbreak of Legionellosis can occur anywhere where hygiene conditions are poor. Package holiday hotels are at particular risk of an outbreak as the bacteria can spread rapidly in poorly maintained air conditioning units and potentially strike scores of holidaymakers.
Similarly, spa facilities and shower heads that have not been disinfected and cleaned properly could harbour the bacteria and in turn lead to an outbreak of illness with a hotel.
Can you make a Legionnaires’ disease claim?
The Package Travel Regulations 1992 protect package holidaymakers and allow you to bring a claim for compensation against your tour operator from right here in the UK.
So, if you contracted Legionnaires’ disease as a result of poor hygiene standards at your hotel, as long as your ruined holiday was booked as a package and was within the last three years, you could be entitled to make a claim. You can read more about how our legionnaires holiday claim solicitors can help you here.
Talk to the specialist solicitors at Your Holiday Claims
To discuss your case for Legionnaires’ disease compensation, contact the specialist claims team at Your Holiday Claims.
Our dedicated holiday illness lawyers have over 50 years’ experience in settling Legionellosis claims and have developed an unrivalled claim success rate to help you receive the maximum compensation. No win no fee.
To speak to the dedicated experts at YourHolidayClaims today, call us now on 0330 100 2851
Alternatively, get your claim on track now by visiting our make a claim page.