If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ disease, you’ll be desperate to get answers quickly. With our years of experience helping Legionnaires’ sufferers and their families, we know what is needed to help you move forward. Our expert team will be able to advise you if you’re able to get compensation for contracting Legionnaires’ disease.

If you’ve contracted Legionnaires' disease because of someone else's negligence, we could help you secure compensation. Contact our friendly expert team today to discuss your situation.

From first contact with our team, you’ll get expert advice that comes from years of experience in helping other people in your situation. From working with people with Legionnaires’ disease, we know you’ll be keen to get answers and help prevent the same thing happening to someone else.

We aren’t just here to help you get compensation for your illness. We’re here for you and your family. Our dedicated Support and Rehabilitation team will be with you every step of the way. Their role is to make sure you’ve got access to health care professionals that will aid your recovery or adapt to any life changes.

The team can help you to make sense of the various support services, such as the benefits system or how the NHS can help you. They’ll explain how they work, and how they can benefit you.

If your illness causes you to have long-term breathing difficulties, we work with Asthma and Lung UK and this organisation can offer support and advice as you look to move on with your life.

Sadly, this illness could result in the death of a loved one. If you’ve lost a loved one because they had Legionnaires’ disease, we’re here to help you.

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Legionnaires' Compensation Claims - More Information

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We are extremely grateful to Irwin Mitchell who diligently pursued our cases for us."

Ken, Client

Client Story ‐ Compensation For Victims Of Legionnaires' Outbreak

“I would like to thank you for everything you have done for us at Irwin Mitchell and especially for all of your hard work in getting our claim through in such a short time scale." - Rachel Griffin, client's daughter

“We are pleased to have recovered damages for these clients who suffered terribly as a result of this outbreak." - Jatinder Paul, Solicitor

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Might I Contract Legionnaires’ Disease And What Are The Sources?

You can contract Legionnaires’ disease from places that fail to maintain a safe water system. These include:

  • Hotels
  • Cruise ships
  • Leisure centres
  • Restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Spas.

The source can also differ depending on where you contract the disease. You may come across contaminated water from:

  • Cooling towers
  • Hot tubs
  • Spa pools
  • Showers
  • Large plumbing systems
  • Hot water tanks and heaters
  • Decorative fountains
  • Water features.

    What Are The Complications of Legionnaires' Disease?

    The initial symptoms of Legionnaires' disease are easily confused with flu, but the disease can lead to severe complications. Those affected can develop symptoms of pneumonia, such as:

    • A persistent cough, starting dry and potentially becoming phlegmy or bloody
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pains

    Severe infection can also cause organ failure or septic shock. These complications are fatal for an estimated 10% of otherwise healthy people who contract Legionnaires' disease.

    Certain factors can increase the severity of these symptoms and the risk of complications. You should be particularly wary of Legionnaires' disease if you are:

    • Over 50 years old
    • A smoker and former smoker
    • Are drinking alcohol heavily
    • Have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or lung conditions
    • Have a weakened immune system, e.g. due to HIV or ongoing cancer treatment

    83% of Legionnaires' disease cases in the UK in 2013 involved people over 50 years of age and most of the deaths associated with Legionnaires' disease occur in those 70 years of age or older. The NHS advises that those who are particularly at risk avoid water systems that could be contaminated such as spas.

    If you've lost a loved one due to Legionnaires' disease, we can help you access support services as well pursue a claim on their behalf. See our Coping with Bereavement page for more information.

    Who Is Responsible For Outbreaks Of Legionnaires' Disease?

    Anyone in charge of a building has a responsibility to keep its water systems well-maintained and free of contamination. If you become ill because they’ve failed in their duty of care, you could make a claim for compensation.

    Water should be cooled or heated to ensure that it isn't in the temperature 'danger zone' of 20-45C. It also needs to keep moving and be free of impurities. Systems should be regularly checked and if any faults are found, they need to be fixed immediately to prevent contamination leading to illness. Issues reported by guests or tenants – e.g. dirty water coming out of taps or smells coming from air conditioning ducts – need to be fixed.

    There are strict health and safety regulations in place that govern the maintenance of water systems. This is to prevent illnesses such as Legionnaires' disease. Anyone failing to adhere to these regulations is liable if it results in illness.

    If you or a loved one has Legionnaires’ disease due to a failure to adhere to regulations, we’re here to help you make a claim.

    What Is Legionnaires' Disease?

    Legionnaires’ disease is a serious infection, caused by the legionella bacteria. It’s caught by breathing in droplets of contaminated water because of water systems not being maintained properly. The disease can prove fatal or lead to long term medical conditions.

    If you contract Legionnaires’ disease, you’ll experience physical and mental effects. Although most people make a full recovery, Legionnaires' disease can be fatal. Complications such as organ failure and sepsis cause 10% of otherwise healthy people to die after contracting the disease.

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