A guide to making a No Win No Fee giardiasis poisoning claim
Giardiasis poisoning is caused by drinking water that has been infected by the giardia parasite.
This can occur by drinking contaminated water, particularly when travelling abroad and holiday illness compensation claims are common.
Giardiasis infection can also be caused by eating fruit or vegetables that have not been washed. The main symptom of such an infection is severe diarrhoea. Children are particularly vulnerable, as they are significantly less able to cope with a loss of fluids and dehydration.
Who is at risk of Giardiasis poisoning?
Quittance's solicitors have assisted with claims for food poisoning compensation for holidaymakers, and infection can be caused under a range of circumstances:
- Travellers outside the UK - The water in the UK is generally free of the giardia parasite, thanks to strict rules governing water safety. Some countries do not have stringent processes to ensure that tap water is safe to drink.
- Campers and hikers - The Giardiasis-causing parasite can survive for several months in cold water, making lakes, rivers and streams potential sources of infection.
- Parents and child carers - Young children are particularly at risk of infection and the giardiasis can be transmitted from waste and spread rapidly.
How do you know if you have been exposed to Giardiasis?
There will not be any immediate signs or symptoms.
When the parasite is first contracted, it will be between 9 and 14 days before you notice any effects. This can make it difficult to identify the source of the contamination if infection occurs during or soon after a holiday abroad.
If you have any concerns that you may have contracted giardiasis, you should visit a medical unit as soon as possible. The doctor can diagnose you based on the analysis of a stool sample, and can then prescribe treatment.
Your medical records will also provide valuable evidence should you decide to claim.
What should you do if you have experienced Giardiasis poisoning?
The most important action to take is to seek treatment from a qualified medical professional. Symptoms can worsen without treatment, and lead to serious, long-term health issues.
After diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe metronidazole. The treatment will usually last for a week, and is intended to destroy the Giardiasis parasite.
Maintaining a very high standard of hygiene is particularly important during and after treatment. You should wash your hands thoroughly and particularly before eating. You should also ensure that family members or others do not come into contact with your bedding, towels and clothes.
Whilst you are still displaying symptoms, your doctor is likely to recommend that you should not have any contact with work or school.
Determining who was responsible for your infection
If you have experienced Giardiasis poisoning while abroad, or symptoms develop soon after you return to the UK, it is possible that someone else was responsible. The responsible party could be your travel provider, your hotel, or a provider of food and drinks, such as a shop, café or restaurant.
If you have contracted the infection because of the negligence of someone else, it is likely that you will have a case for claiming compensation, but claiming for illnesses abroad can sometimes be complex.
Quittance's panel of solicitors have dealt with several cases involving food and water poisoning. They can help you to get compensation for the pain and disruption arising from the infection, including additional costs arising from treatment.
No Win, No Fee agreements and giardiasis compensation claims
A giardiasis No Win, No Fee claim effectively begins once a Claimant agrees a Conditional Fee Agreement (or CFA) with their preferred solicitor.
A CFA is essentially a contract between the personal injury solicitor and you. It explains the service your solicitor will provide, and crucially, the success fee to be deducted from your total compensation if the case is won.
You have no hidden costs when working with a Quittance solicitor. You can focus on your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that that there will be absolutely nothing to pay at the outset.
The next steps
Getting more information
Our specialist team offer a free consultation call to run through your options. Call us on 0800 612 7456 for more information.
If you would like to learn more before speaking to a solicitor, a free Compensation Claim Report will give you a more detailed assessment of whether you have a claim and how much compensation you could receive.