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Meningitis and infectious disease

Infectious diseases can affect any of us at any time and can have severe consequences if not diagnosed and treated quickly.

What is an infectious disease?

Infectious diseases are contagious and cause substantial damage to a person, which can ultimately result in the death of a patient if not detected and treated early enough. Infectious diseases can include but are not limited to:

  • Mumps

  • Measles

  • Meningitis

  • HIV

  • Malaria

  • Hepatitis

  • Respiratory disease

  • Gastrointestinal diseases

  • E-coli

Medical care and rehabilitation

The medical care associated with infectious diseases varies greatly depending on the seriousness of your situation but can range from a course of treatment to amputation of limbs or even death.

We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country and take an active role in providing quality information and advice about the resources that may be available. We work with rehabilitation experts both in the NHS and in the private sector to ensure the continuity of your care.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation to assist with your:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Some people who have suffered from an infectious disease may require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you including:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation for an infectious disease?

We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:

  • your healthcare professional failed to diagnose the condition promptly and you have reason to believe it should have been detected earlier;

  • you received the incorrect treatment for the disease;

  • you have contracted an infectious disease following an operation.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

 

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