What are the Harmful Effects?
Many victims of Leptospirosis will present with a range of symptoms, although some will present with no symptoms at all. Weil’s Disease is biphasic (has two phases) where the victim will often experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, myalagias intense headaches, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice, red eyes, diarrhoea and rash. This large and varied constellation of symptoms is often mistaken for pneumonia on initial presentation. Often the first phase will resolve itself. This is problematic, as these symptoms often lead to a misdiagnosis, as the patient is deemed recovered, leaving them to suffer the effects of the second phase.
The second phase is characterised by meningitis, and liver damage (causing jaundice). Other symptoms can include hearing loss, respiratory distress, azotemia and renal interstitial tubular necrosis (leading to kidney failure).
How Does it Happen?
Although water-based transmission is most common, humans can become infected through contact with food, or soil, containing urine from infected animals. In the UK, hygiene standards are usually very high, and so it is much less common here than in developing countries. There are some occupations at risk, such as veterinarians, slaughterhouse workers, farmers, sewer maintenance workers, waste disposal facility workers, and people working on derelict buildings. Abattoir workers may contract the disease via contact with infected blood, or body fluids.
What if I’ve Fallen Ill as a Result?
Most importantly, you should speak to a doctor if you haven’t already, as the more severe symptoms can be deadly if Weil’s Disease remains untreated. Explain your occupational role to your doctor, as knowledge of possible occupational exposure will help them arrive at the correct diagnosis. If you are employed within the occupations described, you should seek legal advice. Where the negligence of your employer can be proven, you can make a claim for Weil’s Disease compensation.
If you do decide to make a claim for leptospirosis compensation, you will need to act quickly. There are time limits in place for making claims of this kind, so you will need to seek legal advice as soon as you suspect that an employer or a company’s negligence has had a negative impact on your health.
As soon as you involve us, our solicitors will determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Where a leptospirosis compensation claim can be made, they will work diligently to identify the sources of exposure, so that we can warn the relevant authorities, preventing others from falling ill. Where exposure can be linked with your health problems, we can begin to establish a convincing claim, that will compensate you for any suffering sustained.
If we find that a third party has been negligent in their responsibilities to protect you from leptospirosis exposure, we can investigate. We will meticulously examine every aspect of your situation, from assessing health and safety practices at the employer’s premises, to examining medical records. In doing this, we can collect all the required evidence to build a compelling case.
As part of our investigation we will assess the present impact on your health and your life, examining any possible long-term consequences, whether physical, emotional or financial; so that we can assess any future needs or expenses. By working in this way we can work to acquire a compensation award that fairly reflects the damage, and undue suffering that you have had to bear.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice, and support. Our team of expert solicitors have a wealth of expertise, and knowledge, that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. So for free, expert advice on pursuing a weil’s disease claim, speak to us today.