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Contaminated Water & Cryptosporidium Claims

Contaminated water cannot only causes debilitating gastric illness, it can often lead to long term health complications. If you have contracted illness after being exposed to contaminated water, our team of expert lawyers could help you make a No Win No Fee* compensation claim.

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

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

Our legal experts have experience helping people claim compensation for contracting cryptosporidium, following outbreaks when drinking water or a swimming pool becomes contaminated.

We have helped hundreds of people make contaminated water claims, 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.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you make a contaminated water or cryptosporidium compensation claim.




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Contaminated Water & Cryptosporidium Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • When you contact us, you'll speak to one of our friendly team members, who will talk to you about your illness. This initial consultation is free and from there, we'll advise you on the best way to take your claim forward.

      Contacting Those Responsible

      Firstly we'll help you work out who is responsible for your illness and get in touch with them at an early stage to see if they accept responsibility for what happened.

      Gathering Evidence

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence and enquiring with other customers who may have been affected. We'll employ medical professionals to find out how your illness impacted your health and recommend the care you'll need in the future in order to make the best recovery possible.

      Final Settlement & Compensation Awarded

      We'll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn't accept responsibility or doesn't agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we'll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim needs to be decided at court, we'll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.


    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • By making a contaminated water or cryptosporidium compensation claim, you can access funds to help cover expenses and any medical treatment you may need.

      Every case is different, so there's no set amount of compensation you'll receive. The amount of compensation you'll get will depend on your circumstances, the severity of your illness and your chances of making a full recovery.

      To work out how much compensation you're entitled to, we'll take into account factors such as:

      • Expenses - including travel expenses to medical appointments, prescriptions and things that help with daily living.
      • Loss of earnings - to cover any time you've had off work and time off you may need in the future. This figure can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not being able to return to work.
      • Pain and suffering - caused by your illness.
      • Further treatments - to pay for any further medical procedures you may need

      If you'd like to make a compensation claim, contact us to set up a free initial consultation on 0800 056 4110.


    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have to make a personal injury claim within three years of your illness so you should contact us as soon as possible. Getting in touch with us shortly after your illness makes collecting evidence easier and helps get you the compensation you need as soon as possible. It can also help us find other people who have contracted an illness from the same place and file a stronger group claim.

      There are some exceptions to the three year time limit, including:

      • International claims - time limits in other countries may be shorter, so you should contact us as soon as possible to find out if you could claim.
      • Claims on behalf of children - these can be made at any point before their 18th birthday. When the child reaches 18, they can make their own claim at any stage up until they turn 21.
      • Mental capacity - there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to handle their own case.
      • Fatal claims - some illnesses can be fatal in people with underlying illnesses, people with weakened immune systems and other vulnerable individuals. To make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you'll have three years from the date they died to make a claim.

      If you would like to make a personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start work on your case. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.


    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there's no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it's always worth checking whether you're already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You'll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful - your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.


    • Meet The Team
    • Our personal injury experts are based across the country so are never too far away from you. We'll always take the time to get to know you and will make sure we understand what happened in your illness and the effect it's had on your life.

      Your lawyer will run your case as efficiently as possible and will start investigating your claim as soon as possible. We always provide clear advice on what's happening and can advise you on a number of issues including financial planning and state benefit entitlement.

      Our Personal Injury team has been applauded by leading legal guides, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. In 2016, Chambers & Partners said: "They are excellent, very knowledgeable and considerate to their clients, in whom they take a personal interest." The Legal 500, in 2015, described us as a "leading player" and recognised that we "handle every case thoroughly and compassionately." In 2016 the Legal 500 described Amandeep Dhillon, who heads the Public Health team, as "a great team player and strategic thinker".

      We're also proud to have won the Claimant Solicitor of the Year prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards on seven different occasions. This award recognises our key focus on rehabilitation, making sure that our clients can access the care and support they need.

      View our Public Health team.



We are extremely grateful to Irwin Mitchell who diligently pursued our cases for us."

Ken, Client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium (sometimes shortened to 'crypto') is a parasitic single-celled organism that lives on or in human, cattle and animal faeces.

It is spread through the stool of an infected person or animal - millions of cryptosporidium parasites can be released in a single bowel movement. After that, it can be found in soil, water, food and on other surfaces that the infected faeces have come into contact with.

The parasite mainly spreads to other people through accidental ingestion. This can happen if you eat contaminated food or drink contaminated water. The largest outbreaks of cryptosporidium have occurred when drinking water becomes contaminated with raw sewage. Swimming in infected water can also cause transmission. Both swimming pools and natural bodies of water can contain cryptosporidium organisms.

The symptoms of cryptosporidium infection begin 2 to 10 days after contact with the parasite. This can make it difficult to determine exactly where you caught your infection. Some holidaymakers who catch an infection abroad do not present symptoms until they have returned home.

Our lawyers have years of experience in cryptosporidium claims, and can help determine when you were exposed to the parasite and the organisation responsible.

If you think you have suffered a cryptosporidium infection, contact our specialist contaminated water lawyers for a free initial consultation.


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Who Will I Claim From?

Cryptosporidium and contaminated water outbreaks are often caused or made worse by poor hygiene practices.

If drinking water or a swimming pool becomes contaminated with cryptosporidium, a large number of people can quickly fall ill. In these instances you may be able to claim compensation from the business or organisation which should have prevented this contamination.

This could include:

  • Swimming pool operators
  • Hotels or resorts
  • Tour operators
  • Leisure Centres
  • Schools

We could help you make a claim whether you were exposed in the UK or abroad. If you suffered illness following a cryptosporidium outbreak while on holiday, it may be possible to claim here in the UK if you booked a package holiday with a UK tour operator.

If you would like to learn more, call our specialist Public Health team today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.


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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Our team of specialist lawyers have vast experience with illness cases involving cryptosporidium, campylobacter, e-coli, salmonella and Legionnaire's disease. We've successfully claimed for hundreds of clients in both the UK and abroad who have been affected by illness outbreaks and can offer the experience and expertise you need to get the compensation you deserve.

As a result of our experience in handling these claims, we have developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding regarding the policies and procedures that should have been followed to prevent such outbreaks occurring.

As a full-service law firm we're able to make sure every aspect of your case is taken care of, drawing on skills and expertise from other parts of the business where necessary. With offices across the country, we're always there when you need us.

Contact us today to find out if you can make a contaminated water compensation claim.


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