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Pool Bugs & Swimming Pool Infection Claims

Pool bugs are also referred to as recreational water illnesses (RWI). Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill all germs instantly. There are germs today that are very tolerant to chlorine and were not known to cause human disease until recently. Once these germs get in the pool, it can take anywhere from minutes to days for chlorine to kill them. Swallowing just a little water that contains these germs can make you sick.

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Pool bugs cause a wide variety of infections, such as gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhoea.

In the past two decades, there has been a substantial increase in the number of RWI outbreaks associated with swimming at holiday destinations abroad. Crypto, which can stay alive for days even in well-maintained pools, has become the leading cause of swimming pool-related outbreaks of diarrheal illness.

Swallowing even a small amount of recreational water that has been contaminated with faeces containing germs can make you sick. Therefore if you have suffered from a pool bug illness whilst on a package holiday abroad contact Accident Claims 24 now and start your claim for compensation today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes pool bugs?

Pool bugs are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas and interactive fountains. Pool bugs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. If this sounds like something that has happened to you, give us a call and our team will be happy to help.

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What are the symptoms of swimming pool infections?

The symptoms of pool bugs will vary on an individual basis. Factors such as age, weight and the type of bug causing the infection will result in different symptoms manifesting. Below you can find common symptoms associated with food poisoning:
• Eye Infections
• Skin Infections
• Gastrointestinal Infections
• Respiratory Infections
• Neurologic Infections
• Wound Infections
• Diarrhoea
• Vomitting

How long do I have to make a claim?

You usually have up to 3 years from the date of your infection to make your claim.
There are exceptions to the three-year rule in some cases, so if you think you might have a claim we advise you to contact us as soon as possible so we can determine your chances for successful compensation.

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How much compensation could I receive?

The amount of compensation varies depending on the severity of the infection, illnesses sustained, and individual situation as each person can be affected differently.
As the amount varies case to case, our personal injury solicitors can assess your situation and provide you with a more accurate quote. For a quick estimate on how much you could be entitled to, why not visit our claims calculator?

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What can I claim for?

Depending on your case you can claim for both general and special losses.
General losses include the amount of pain and suffering the injury caused which will be set by a medical expert after an examination.
Special losses include:
• Travel Expenses
• Medical Care & Prescription Costs
• Rehabilitation
• Loss of Earnings
• Household Assistance & Adaptations

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Can I make a claim for someone else?

Our clients are welcome to make compensation claims on behalf of their children or provide claim details of their friends and relatives with who they were with.

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