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Contaminated water can cause painful gastric illness, which can sometimes lead to longer term complications. If you have suffered illness due to contaminated water, we may be able to help you claim compensation.

The most common cause of water contamination is a microscopic parasite called cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is carried in infected faeces and passed onto those that come into contact with it afterwards.

Our solicitors have experience helping people claim cryptosporidium compensation, following outbreaks when drinking water or a swimming pool becomes contaminated with sewage.

Expertise In Contaminated Water Claims

Irwin Mitchell has vast experience in dealing with cases where clients have fallen ill as a result of contaminated water, both here in the UK and abroad. As such, we know what policies and procedures should be in place to prevent such outbreaks occurring, and could help you make a claim where they haven’t been upheld.  

We have offices across the country and we can help you get the compensation you need to get back on track. Many of our cases are on a No Win No Fee* basis, which means there’s no financial risk to you when making a claim. 

How Can You Prove My Illness Was Due To Contaminated Water?

Cryptosporidium has an incubation period of 2 - 10 days, which means if you’ve been infected it might take over a week for symptoms to show. Our expert team can help you work out where the contamination took place, even if you’re not sure.

Symptoms you might have after being exposed to contaminated water include:

  • Watery diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

If you’ve suffered any of these symptoms and you think you’ve come into contact with contaminated water, we urge you to get in touch. Our lawyers have extensive experience in investigating and proving contaminated water claims.

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We could help you make a claim on an individual basis, or as part of a group, where there have been a number of people affected. We will always work to get the best for you and your family, and to secure you the compensation you deserve.

Call us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim, or send us an email and we’ll get back to you.


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The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

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All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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