Rotavirus compensation claims
This easy-to-follow guide looks at what you need to know about making a rotavirus compensation claim.
Rotavirus and Norovirus are the most common causes of gastroenteritis. Both are highly contagious meaning that the illness may quickly spread to several people. Symptoms generally appear within 48 hours of exposure to the viruses.
Resistant to modern disinfectants and anti-bacterial solutions, rotaviruses can survive for hours on hands, and for days on hard, dry surfaces. Even in the most hygienic environments, viruses can be transmitted easily through children who forget to wash their hands before eating, or after using the toilet.
By the time they turn five most children will have been infected by rotavirus; some having several episodes. Symptoms include severe vomiting and diarrhoea and stomach cramps and typically last 3 to 8 days. This may result in severe dehydration and hospitalisation in some cases.
A vaccination was introduced in September 2013 for babies aged 2 and 3 months, resulting in a reduction of 70% in the number of reported cases (130,000 in 2013).
Adults may contract rotavirus through contact with a sick child, although symptoms are usually less severe.
Noroviruses can cause gastroenteritis in people of any age. An estimated 600,000 to 1 million fall ill through norovirus infection every year. As there are so many variants of the virus it is difficult to build up immunity, so a person may be infected several times.
Where large groups of people are contained in a relatively small area and facilities are shared, such as in all-inclusive holidays and cruise ships, it takes only one infected person to create an outbreak of sickness.
Good hygiene is the key to preventing transmission of both rotavirus and norovirus; thorough handwashing with soap and water may be helpful in preventing cross-contamination. Neglecting this basic good practice may result in an infected person contaminating food that is subsequently consumed by others.
Hard surfaces may also be contaminated this way. This may include toys that infected children share. Therefore it is vital to ensure that surfaces are kept clean using bleach based products to help prevent transmission.
Items such as towels and bedding used by infected people may also be a source of contagion, so should be laundered in a hot wash to kill the viruses.
Transmission may also be by direct contact with an infected person.
Anyone who has contracted either virus should avoid returning to the workplace or school until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
A holiday may be ruined by an outbreak of gastroenteritis. As well as being unfit to enjoy holiday excursions, entertainment and food and drink, passengers may find that designated stops are excluded and a cruise curtailed if an outbreak affects a large number of guests.
Although it is possible to contract the virus anywhere, the source may be attributed to a specific environment where an outbreak occurs in an all-inclusive resort or aboard a ship.
Holidaymakers who develop gastroenteritis through a viral infection may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, the loss and enjoyment of the holiday and the cost of any medication purchased. If the illness prevented them from working on their return it may be possible to claim for loss of earnings.
The cost of a replacement holiday may also be claimed.
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About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.
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