Q Fever Compensation Claims
Q fever or query fever is an infectious disease which is usually carried by animals and can be contracted by humans. This disease is caused by infection with a bacterium known as Coxiella burnetti which affects cattle, goats, sheep and other animals including dogs and cats. Q fever develops after a person has inhaled endospores or has come into direct contact with semen, mucus, urine, milk or faeces of infected animals. In rare cases, drinking raw milk has also caused Q fever in humans. Even a single bacterium can infect humans with this disease.
There are certain occupations which put workers at a greater risk of contracting this illness. Some of the occupations include:
- laboratory workers
- sheep and dairy workers
- meat packers
- abattoir workers
The two types of Q fever are chronic and acute. Acute Q fever is common and is less serious. On the other hand, chronic query fever develops in humans who have been infected for 6 months or more and is more serious.
Common Symptoms of Q Fever
In most cases, it takes around 20 days to experience symptoms of Q fever from the actual day of exposure. Some of the common symptoms of acute Q fever include:
- Clay coloured stools
- Chest pain when breathing
- Muscle pains
- Shortness of breath
Common symptoms of chronic Q fever include:
- prolonged fever
- night sweats
- shortness of breath
After a person has recovered from the illness, he becomes immune for life and this means that he cannot get infected again. There are also times when people may be exposed to this illness and yet they do not develop the disease. In such cases, people get immunity and cannot get affected in future.
Making a Compensation Claim
Q fever may be developed as a result of poor working conditions and if it can be established that you developed the disease as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim.
If you do have a valid claim, your injury lawyer will handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis and ensure that you receive maximum compensation following a successful claim.
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