It's a fact of life that we all get sick sometimes, but if you have suffered sickness or breathing difficulties such as a gastric or respiratory illness, because of someone else's negligence, our illness lawyers could help you make a No Win No Fee* compensation claim. These conditions can have serious health implications and can even be fatal, so it's important to have lawyers on your side with experience of handling these cases.

Our expert team has dealt with thousands of illness compensation cases, including:

The symptoms of these illnesses can often be life changing. In cases of gastric illness, many people develop post-infective irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS), which can have a major impact on their day-to-day life. Other serious long term effects may include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Psychological problems
  • Exacerbation of a pre-existing condition

Respiratory illnesses such as Legionnaires' disease can have serious complications, and can even be fatal for those who are already vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.

Our expert lawyers have years of experience of making illness claims in the UK and abroad, both for individuals and groups of clients making a claim together. We can help you find who was responsible for your illness and get you the compensation you need to help move on with your life. If you've lost a loved one through illness, we can also help you claim on their behalf.

To talk to us about making a claim, call today for a free consultation, or contact us online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of illness could I claim for?

Our illness team deals with a range of sickness, from gastric illness to respiratory conditions caused by inhaling poisonous gases or bacteria from contaminated water.

We have extensive experience dealing with cases of gastric illness including:

  • Norovirus
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Shigella
  • E-Coli
  • Guillan-Barre as a result of suffering gastric illness
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a result of suffering gastric illness
  • Reactive Arthritis Psychological illness as a result of suffering gastric illness

We've also helped those who've developed Legionnaires' disease, a lung infection caused by breathing in droplets of contaminated water, often from poorly-maintained air conditioning units or water systems/tanks.

The team also deals with cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause a range of symptoms, from dizziness and fatigue to seizures and loss of consciousness and in serious cases can even be fatal.

All these illnesses can have permanent complications for a person’s health as well as being painful and distressing in the short-term. We help our clients access the support they need to make the best recovery they can, ensuring that the full impact of their illness is reflected in the compensation they are awarded. We also have extensive experience bringing group claims where necessary.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you make a compensation claim.

Who is responsible for my illness?

Illness is sometimes unavoidable and is not always somebody's fault. However, if you've become ill because someone else has failed in their duty of care to you, you may be able to make an illness compensation claim.

Gastric illness is one of the most common forms of sickness in the UK. Anyone selling food has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate hygiene and safety measures are in place to protect the wellbeing of others. This may include:

  • Restaurants, bars, pubs, fast food or cafés
  • Supermarkets and shops selling ready-to-eat food
  • Festivals

In addition, those in charge of public buildings or private accommodation have a duty to make sure the environment is safe for visitors and inhabitants. Spaces should be cleaned regularly to prevent contamination while appliances, plumbing and air conditioning systems should be properly installed and kept in good working order in compliance with the relevant safety standards.

If you are coming to us after suffering a respiratory condition - for example Legionnaires' Disease or the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning - responsibility could lie with:

  • Landlords and building owners
  • Hotels or cruise lines
  • Councils or other public bodies in charge of public buildings

Infection is usually caused by a breakdown in hygiene standards, so when things aren't up to scratch, the risk of illness is increased. Issues we often deal with include:

  • Swimming pools not properly cleaned
  • Faulty air-conditioning units
  • Food prepared in unhygienic environments or left out for long periods
  • Contaminated drinking water

Whatever your situation, we'll work with you to find out the cause of your illness and secure the compensation you deserve.

Can I claim if I was ill abroad?

Sadly, hygiene standards in other countries are not always up to what we would expect back at home. Our dedicated team has helped tens of thousands of people recover compensation after becoming ill abroad, either while working there or taking a holiday.

In the past few years alone, our International Personal Injury team has secured over £100 million in compensation for those who suffered illness or injury abroad. We're also able to help you pursue a claim if you've lost a loved one due to illness contracted abroad - we'll help you get compensation that not only reflects their suffering, but also ensures you're provided for in the future.

Visit our Illness Abroad page for more information.

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