On holiday Weil’s disease and Leptospirosis advice
Leptospirosis could result in devastating symptoms, resulting in a ruined package holiday. If your condition progresses to Weil’s disease, you could find that your quality of life is severely impacted long after your holiday has ended. If you’ve been affected by the Leptospira bacteria on a package holiday, did you know that you could be entitled to claim compensation from your tour operator?
Can I make a claim?
When you book a package holiday with a UK tour operator, you enter into a contract with them wherein it is agreed that they will take reasonable steps to prevent you from coming to harm while abroad. If they fail to do this and you suffer a holiday illness, then under The Package Travel Regulations 1992 you could claim holiday compensation.
What do I need to do to claim for Weil’s’ disease?
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer the symptoms of a Leptospirosis infection, it’s imperative that you receive a diagnosis from a medical professional, such as a resort doctor or your GP. It can benefit your case to gather as much evidence as you can while you’re still abroad, including photos and video, as well as statements from guests who can support your case.
Making a holiday compensation claim is simple and straightforward, just contact our travel law specialists and we’ll provide you with a free no-obligation consultation.
How much is my claim worth?
How much your holiday illness claim is worth depends on your unique circumstances, with most compensation awards being worth between £1,000 and £25,000. Keep in mind that £25,000 is not a limit, and some claims can be worth far more. We recommend speaking with one of our travel law specialists to find out how much you could be awarded if your case is successful.
What is Weil’s disease and Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is caused by a Leptospira bacterial infection, which in itself is quite harmful, but if your condition progresses and spreads to your kidneys, you can begin to suffer a more severe form of Leptospirosis called Weil’s disease.
How do I contract Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis can be contracted through contact with animals, notably rats, but it’s also possible to contract it through contact with soil or water that has been contaminated with animal urine. It’s very rare for people to spread this harmful infection between each other, but Leptospirosis and Weil’s disease is most commonly found in areas with exceptionally low hygiene standards. It can also be contracted through contact with sewage.
Where can I catch Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is not unique to any particular part of the world, however, areas with poor standards of hygiene can be found in more impoverished locations. We generally handle holiday illness claims for the following locations:
What are the symptoms of Leptospirosis?
Most people suffering from Leptospirosis experience symptoms of vomiting, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle pain, conjunctivitis, a cough, rash, fever and chills. If the condition progresses to its more severe form of Weil’s disease, wherein it spreads to the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs and brain, it can also cause seizures, jaundice, chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing up blood, as well as swollen ankles, feet or hands.
In some extreme instances where Weil’s disease is untreated, it can cause kidney failure, brain damage, internal bleeding and further breathing difficulties, all of which can become life-threatening.
How long does Leptospirosis last?
A Leptospira infection can take between 2 days and a month for symptoms to develop, but for most people, this is between 1 and 2 weeks. Once the symptoms of Leptospirosis develop they usually last for between 5 days and a week, however, if after about a week of these symptoms your condition progresses into Weil’s disease, your condition can continue indefinitely unless you receive treatment.
Who is most at risk?
Everyone is at risk of Leptospirosis and Weil’s disease, but your chances of catching it on holiday are increased if you have direct contact with natural bodies of water or animals, including the local wildlife, and zoo and farm animals.
What should I do if I have Weil’s disease?
If you suspect that you’re suffering the symptoms of Leptospirosis, it’s imperative that you receive a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. If Leptospirosis progresses to Weil’s disease it can cause lasting damage to your health, and if untreated it can be fatal.
While the disease isn’t considered to be very contagious between people, it’s advisable to make sure that your hotelier is aware of your condition, and if you want to consider the option of making a claim; make a complaint to your tour operator representative while still at your resort.
If you decide to make a claim, don’t accept an offer of compensation from your tour operator before speaking to a travel law specialist. Once you accept an offer of compensation you may be unable to claim again, so don’t settle for less than you may be entitled to.