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Holiday Accidents » Legionnaires disease


If you have suffered Legionnaires disease whilst on holiday, you may be eligible to make a holiday injury claim. Legionnaires disease is most commonly found in hotels and other buildings with ventilation systems, and as a result it is often holidaymakers who contract the illness.

What is Legionnaires disease?


Legionnaires disease is a form of severe pneumonia that causes symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, aching muscles, fever, and weight loss. Mental confusion and disorientation can also occur. It is most common in people aged over 50, and people who smoke or have chest problems are particularly susceptible.

What causes Legionnaires disease?


Legionnaires disease is caused when people breathe in legionella bacteria, which live in water droplets carried in the air. Large numbers of legionella bacteria can multiply quickly in containers of standing water, such as are used in some air conditioning and industrial cooling units. Hotels that do not change the water in their air conditioning units on a daily basis risk an outbreak of Legionnaires disease.

How serious is Legionnaires disease?


It is a fatal illness for around 10-15% of those who develop it, with most outbreaks seeing several people die. There are thought to be between 10,000 and 100,000 cases a year of Legionnaires disease in America, although it is not as common in Britain as there are fewer hotels with air conditioning. Over half of the people in Britain who are diagnosed with it caught it whilst on holiday abroad.

Making a holiday accident claim for Legionnaires disease


If you or a loved one has suffered with Legionnaires disease whilst on holiday, we can help you make a holiday injury claim. Our personal injury solicitors are second to none and specialise in compensation claims following accidents abroad.

To start a holiday accident claim or just take advantage of our free legal advice, call us on 01582 437070 and let us help you with your claim.