Gastroenteritis compensation claims

Updated: October 8, 2018

Introduction

Gastroenteritis is an infection within the intestines. It is a common complaint for those people have gone on package holidays. It can be a result of catering staff failing to wash their hands after going to the toilet, then preparing food.

Buffet restaurants in particular can be breeding grounds for Gastroenteritis, as people can touch the food and transfer the infection. Undercooked meat, such as chicken, can also cause people to contract the illness.

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Do I have a gastroenteritis claim?

If you have been diagnosed with gastroenteritis in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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Who is at risk from Gastroenteritis?

Anyone who eats food that has been infected with this bacteria, or who handles an object that is infected before putting their hands in their the mouth, is at risk of suffering from Gastroenteritis. Quittance's panel of solicitors has helped many people who have contracted Gastroenteritis while on holiday; and has helped them to pursue a claim for food poisoning compensation.

Children and the elderly will be particularly vulnerable to a Gastroenteritis infection, due to physical size and strength. Anyone who has a pre-existing condition, or a weakened immune system, may find such an infection causes more severe symptoms as well as potential long term consequences.

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How do you know if you have Gastroenteritis?

If you have contracted Gastroenteritis, you could find yourself suffering from the following symptoms:

  • Severe stomach cramps and associated pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Disrupted sleep because of cramping and diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • High temperature
  • Feeling exhausted
  • Feeling sick
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite/inability to keep food in the stomach

If you think you have contracted Gastroenteritis, it is likely that your symptoms will ease after a day or two. However, if you don't start to feel some relief within a couple of days, you should contact a medical professional. This is particularly important if you are suffering from dehydration and severe fatigue. In the event that you do make a claim for compensation, medical records can help to verify what has happened.

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What should you do if you are suffering from Gastroenteritis?

It is important to rehydrate yourself as much as possible. If you are suffering from diarrhoea as a result of the infection, your body will be losing vital fluids and salts. If you do not replace these, and continue to expel the fuel your body needs to function properly, it is likely that you will become severely dehydrated. This can have serious consequences for your health.

Children become dehydrated more quickly than adults, so it is important to monitor them carefully if you think they may be suffering from Gastroenteritis. Rehydration sachets can be purchased in most pharmacies, and can help aid recovery.

If you do not find your symptoms have improved after a couple of days, or you are feeling worse, it is important to seek medical treatment. This could be in the form of a rehydration drip, or antibiotics to eliminate the infection.

For the duration of time that you are suffering from the symptoms of Gastroenteritis, you should be vigilant about hygiene, particularly hand washing. Your doctor will probably advise that you avoid going to work, or continuing with your education, until you are feeling better. This can help to minimise the risks of the infection being spread.

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Who is at fault for a Gastroenteritis infection?

Gastroenteritis is usually contracted through the consumption of infected food. If you have suffered food poisoning while on holiday, it is likely that the people or organisation responsible for the food provision can be held liable. This can include café, restaurant or hotel owners, and even travel operators. Quittance's group of solicitors have many years of experience at dealing with cases like this, and can help you to claim compensation for what has happened.

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How much compensation can I claim for gastroenteritis?

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Guidelines for personal injury awards are recommended by the Judicial College. An amount is recommended with respect to the extent of a given injury. Recommended compensation amounts consist of upper and lower figures for an injury or other medical condition.

Technically these guidelines are not law but they are widely adopted by insurers, solicitors and the Courts. Your Compensation Claims Report will include an estimate of the compensation you could get by referring to these guidelines as well as a number of other factors specific to your accident or illness.

You can also claim special damages for travel expenses including those to physiotherapy sessions, the cost of medical treatment and ongoing care and lost earnings.

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Guaranteed No Win, No Fee gastroenteritis claim - Pay nothing if you lose

A no win no fee agreement ( referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is agreed between a claimant and a suitably qualified solicitor.

The CFA is essentially the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for their client.

It outlines what the solicitors will do and how he or she will be remunerated if the compensation claim is successful.

If you use our solicitors for your gastroenteritis claim there are absolutely no hidden costs in the terms and conditions , no up-front fees and the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

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The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims, from more minor injury cases to life-changing injury. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience.

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Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

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With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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