Is there an upper limit to how much Weils Disease compensation you can claim? My husband contracted the illness while working on a farm and is going to need a lifetime of care because of his condition.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

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Eoin P. Campbell

Question:

Is there an upper limit to how much Weils Disease compensation you can claim? My husband contracted the illness while working on a farm and is going to need a lifetime of care because of his condition.

Answer:

Before you even consider making a claim for Weils Disease compensation, you should seek professional legal advice. For a Weils Disease compensation claim to be successful, it has to be demonstrated that your husband was owed a duty of care by a farmer or employer and that your husband contracted this serious illness due to breach in the duty of care owed to him.

Claims for Weils Disease compensation in Ireland need to be supported by reports from the Health Service Executive confirming the source of the disease and, in order to obtain the highest possible settlement, a significant number of medical reports confirming the care and medication that your husband will need for the rest of his life.

A solicitor might also recommend delaying a claim for Weils Disease compensation until the last possible moment. There are two reasons for this course of action – the first being that the additional time before making a Weils Disease compensation claim will allow for a more accurate assessment of your husband´s requirements.

The second reason is more relevant to your question. The Government is currently reviewing changing the way compensation awards for catastrophic injuries are paid so that, rather than one lump sum being awarded, frequently reviewed periodic payments can be made to a claimant in order that the cost of life-long care is guaranteed.

Although the review focuses on claims for medical negligence compensation, your husband´s claim for Weils Disease compensation would come under the same payment structure. This is a far more satisfactory solution than taking a chance on how much compensation for Weils Disease your husband receives as, should the settlement of Weils Disease compensation prove to be inadequate, you cannot go back to the negligent party´s insurers and ask for more.

Despite the benefits of waiting before a claim for Weils Disease compensation is filed, you should not delay speaking with a solicitor about your husband´s claim and it is recommended that you seek further information relevant to your specific circumstances at the first possible opportunity.