Laura McGee, Head of the EL/PL and Occupational Disease Departments with NewLaw Scotland has been instructed by a number of the victims of the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in Lanarkshire, Scotland. At least 42 people have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A and all 42 cases have been linked with J B Christie, a local bakery with outlets in Airdrie, Coatbridge and the surrounding areas.
NHS Lanarkshire and the Public Health Department have investigated the outbreak and the bakery was closed while a deep clean was carried out.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection which leads to inflammation of the liver and can cause mild to severe illness. The infection clears with time and usually there are no long term effects although a very small proportion of people could develop serious complications.
It can take between 15 and 50 days from the time the virus enters the body to the development of symptoms, so new cases are likely to continue to be identified in the coming weeks.
NewLaw Scotland is now acting for a large number of victims and Laura and her team have already intimated claims on behalf of some of the clients and are continuing to send more every day. JB Christie should pass the claims to their insurance company and we are hopeful they will seek to settle these as quickly as possible. If they don't agree to a settlement the next stage will be court action but it is unlikely to come to that.
As well as the distress of being ill, a number of clients have lost earnings as they have been unable to return to work while they are still infected. The victims of this outbreak are entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering they have experienced as well as financial compensation for any losses they have incurred. We will ensure all of our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their horrible ordeal.
Laura McGee commented:
“We represent a number of victims from the Lanarkshire area and further afield. Some of our more vulnerable clients have been badly affected and are still suffering.
Victims of the outbreak are looking for answers and have quite rightly sought legal advice from us.
If you have been affected and have not already spoken to NewLaw Scotland, you can call me on 0141 225 4794.”
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