Holiday Sickness Claims & Illness Compensation

Legionnaires' Disease Claims

Legionnaires' disease, a serious lung condition caused by infected water, is preventable with basic water management practices. If you've developed this avoidable illness while abroad, whether for work or a holiday, our lawyers could help you claim Legionnaires' disease compensation.

The disease is caused by bacteria called Legionella, which is fairly common in natural water supplies. However, when the bacteria are in the right condition to multiply, it can spread quickly and cause Legionnaires', a form of pneumonia.

There are two factors that help Legionella spread:

  • A water temperature between 20 and 45°C
  • A food source in the water for bacteria – such as limescale, rust or algae

Large buildings with more complex water systems – such as hotels, museums or spas – are at a greater risk of legionella contamination.

As the disease is usually preventable, you may be able to claim compensation if it was caused by the negligence of another party while abroad. Tour operators should ensure that hotels they use during your holiday are meeting health and safety standards, and should warn you of the risks.

Our lawyers have helped thousands of clients successfully make international personal injury and illness claims, securing over £100 million in settlements. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case, or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.

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Legionnaires' Disease Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after an accident or illness abroad will depend on a number of factors related to your injury or illness, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Your condition, and its severity
      • Psychological trauma experienced
      • Current and future loss of earnings if you've had to stop working in the short or long-term
      • Medical expenses you've had to or will have to pay both abroad and in the UK, as well as travel expenses to any appointments
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • The amount you had spent on your holiday or travel abroad, and the loss of enjoyment you've experienced
      • Your pain and suffering
      • Other financial loss or expense due to your injury

      For more information, call us on 0800 056 4110 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • What Happens When I Make A Claim?
    • To make a compensation claim for an accident or illness abroad, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free initial consultation. We'll discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident or illness, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee arrangement.

      If you choose to go ahead, your claim will usually go through the following four stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll establish who's responsible for your accident or illness, and arrange for a medical examination to find out the full extent of your condition.
      2. Rehabilitation. If you have any medical care or support needs, we'll help you to access the necessary treatment and advice that you are entitled to.
      3. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries and your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to those responsible, and they can either accept blame or contest the claim.
      4. Conclusion. If your opponent accepts blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, the case will be settled in court – although this is rare. If you do have to go to court, we'll be there support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household, travel or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – even then your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Can I Claim In The UK?
    • Even if your accident or illness occurred abroad, you can often make a claim here in the UK, though this will vary depending on your circumstances. For example, if you suffered an accident or illness while staying in a hotel as part of a package holiday, you should be able to make a claim against the tour operator here in the UK.

      You can also usually claim in the UK if you’re claiming against an individual insurer or employer that is based in the UK, or a business or insurer based in the EU. The law around compensation is different in each country, so we will consider where it would be best to make your claim in order to get the best possible result for you.

      If you do have to make a claim abroad, there’s nothing to worry about as we have years of experience in helping clients to claim in more than 80 countries around the world. We work with an international network of law firms to represent and support our clients and their families when they need to claim, no matter which country the accident or illness occurred in. Most claims are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely that you will need to travel abroad for a court case. If this is necessary in your case, we will support you every step of the way.

      If you have any questions or concerns about making a claim abroad, contact us on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation. We'll be able to advise you on your options, and talk you through the process.

I am relieved that our legal battle is finally over. Our holiday was a nightmare and we were so disappointed. We’re glad Irwin Mitchell has managed to achieve a successful outcome for us”

David, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation For Legionnaires' Disease?

If you've caught Legionnaires' disease while abroad, then you may be able to claim compensation. Sadly, the disease can sometimes be fatal, and you can claim compensation if a loved one has died from Legionnaires' too. 

Because the condition is easy to prevent by following proper health and safety procedures, cases are often the result of negligence on the part of someone else.

Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious, so if you or a loved one has been diagnosed, it must have come from inhaling particles of contaminated water. This means you may be eligible for compensation.

You usually have three years from the date you developed Legionnaires' to make a claim, although this time limit may be different depending on the country you were in when you contracted the disease. Because of this, it's important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case. We'll discuss your condition, assess whether you're able to pursue compensation through the UK courts or abroad, and advise you on whether we think you'll be able to make a claim.

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What Is Legionnaires' Disease?

Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia, caused by inhaling water contaminated with a large amount of the bacteria Legionella. Legionella is found in very small amounts in a range of natural water sources, but when it's in the right conditions inside man-made water systems, it can easily spread and grow to dangerous levels.

Initial symptoms of the disease are similar to flu:

  • Headaches and muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness and exhaustion

When Legionnaires' begins to develop, symptoms become more serious, in line with other types of pneumonia:

  • A persistent cough with greenish, or even bloody, mucus
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pains

You may also have suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea.

Legionnaires' disease can be treated with antibiotics, but in roughly 10% of cases the condition can be fatal.

Because of the similarity of symptoms with other forms of pneumonia, many cases of Legionnaires' are not properly recognised. If you've developed the above symptoms after a stay abroad, and they can be linked to Legionnaires' disease, you may be able to claim compensation. If you have any questions, call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation on your claim.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Legionnaires' Disease Compensation Claim?

Claiming compensation for something that happened while you were abroad may seem daunting because of potential language barriers and confusion over local laws. But we believe no one should be put off claiming compensation for conditions like Legionnaires', which are so easily avoidable if correct health and safety guidelines have been followed.

Our team of specialist international personal injury lawyers is the largest in the UK and we've secured over £100 million in compensation for our clients who have been injured or become ill abroad.

We have helped many clients to claim compensation after contracting Legionnaires' disease both at home and abroad. Our experience means you can trust us to get the best possible result for you.

By working with an international network of partner law firms, we're able to support you wherever in the world you need to make a claim. As your single point of contact throughout the process, we'll handle every aspect of your case for you, our advice in plain English without any legal jargon.

If you have any questions about the claims process, or how else we can help, contact us online or by phone on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Our lawyers are recognised as leaders in the field of international personal injury claims, and we bring this expertise to your claim. Members of our team regularly lecture internationally, are consulted on law reform issues, and hold key positions in several leading international organisations, including:

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We also have a long history of campaigning for improvements in health and safety. Our aim is always to improve the quality of life and levels of compensation for those who have suffered illness or been involved in an accident on holiday.

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