Air Conditioning Illness Claim *
Air conditioning is used to regulate temperatures and the benefits are appreciated by many in many different types of environments. Most commonly, air condition units can be found in the workplace and public places such as restaurants and shops. When air conditioning units are properly maintained and used correctly they can be safe to use and the benefits of air conditioning can be appreciated by many. Failing to properly maintain an air conditioning unit can lead to a number of health hazards which are carried and circulated in the air. This can also lead to dust and allergenic particles being distributed through the air also. This can lead to a number of illnesses being developed which can all range in severity with the most common being Legionnaires disease.
This is the most common illness which is associated with inadequate air conditioning and it is caused by a water-borne bacterium called Legionella Pneumophila. Legionnaire’s disease is a serious lung infection which can often lead to the development of pneumonia. Legionellosis commonly develops when a person inhales fine mist from a source of water which is contaminated with this bacterium. This bacterium is harmless in small amounts but it can multiply with the presence of algae, rust and scale. Poorly maintained air conditioning units and systems can often be the perfect environment for legionella pneumophila.
Symptoms of Legionnaires Disease
Legionnaires disease symptoms are often described as flu-like and can include;
- Muscle ache
- Reduced appetite
Symptoms often develop between 2-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms of this illness are also very similar to pneumonia and legionnaires can often be confused as this. In some cases, people may not be aware that they have developed this illness as symptoms are similar to a number of other illnesses.
Who is Liable?
An important part of any claims process * is determining who is liable for the cause of the illness which you have developed. They may not develop for some time and many people can be unaware of their symptoms and may not know that they have developed a condition as a result of poorly maintained air conditioning units. Air conditioning is not commonly found in our homes in Ireland and is more commonly associated with workplaces and public places. This is often associated with claims made for accidents at work or an accident in a public place.
Accident at Work
Following an accident at work * it is often the employer who is seen as liable for any accidents or injuries which occur in the work place. All employers have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their employees throughout the course of their work. In relation to air conditioning, employers are responsible for ensuring that regular maintenance and repair is carried out on the units to ensure that they are in a good working condition. Failing to do so could result in their employees developing an illness which they could be seen as liable for. Employees should also be aware of the potential illness which can be developed as a result so that they can take necessary steps in ensuring their own health while at work.
Accident in a Public Place
Managers and occupiers of public places are responsible for the health and safety of any visitors to the premises. They are likely to be found liable for any illness or injuries which are sustained by any visitors. Failing to show a reasonable level of duty of care can lead to a number of injuries being sustained. If it can be shown that they did not take the necessary steps to ensure health and safety then they could be found liable for any accidents which occur.
The most common cause of air conditioning illnesses is improper and inadequate maintenance of air conditioning systems and units. This can lead to the air becoming contaminated with harmful materials which are circulated through the air leading to the development of an illness. All air conditioning systems should be maintained on a regular basis and repairs should be carried out in a timely manner if any issues are presented.
Faulty and defective air conditioning systems can lead to various illnesses being developed. If a unit is faulty it can lead to a build-up of harmful substances which will then be circulated through the air. Failure to act on this can lead to an illness being developed. This may develop over time and may not have an instant effect on an individual. Prior to these units being installed they should be checked to ensure that they are working correctly and are not defective in any way.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you have developed an illness from air conditioning and would like talk in more detail about any aspect of this topic, you can contact our solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your air conditioning illness claim *.
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