Located just 9 miles north from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the small Northumbrian town of Cramlington is believed to be of either Danish or Anglo-Saxon origin, as the syllable “ton” derives from Nordic languages and signifies “town”.
While ancient settlements would have been circular in shape and surrounded by a ditch into which Anglo-Saxon villagers would have tipped their refuse and sewage, Cramlington today boasts a sewage treatment plant in the north-west of the town. Modern sewage plants are obviously well “policed” by specialists making sure nothing leaks into our drinking water, but from time to time accidents do occur and raw sewage is able to enter the water supply.
Burst pipes or flooding in bad weather are largely responsible for such accidents but occasionally somewhere in the world there are reports that the operators of sewage plants were trying to cut corners with the chemicals they use for sewage treatment or the quality of the staff they hire. If you drank infected water, you could suffer a range of seriously nasty side effects and fall quite ill. In fact, this was largely the way typhoid fever was able to spread through cities and kill thousands in days gone by.
Food handlers carrying the infection but without experiencing any of the symptoms themselves pass on Typhoid fever, when they don’t wash their hands after having been to the toilet or when they wash in water that has been contaminated by human faeces.
Early symptoms include a sore throat and fever, headaches and joint pains, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. If left untreated, a person’s temperature will rise to as much as 104 degrees Fahrenheit and their heartbeat will slow dramatically. They can fall into a coma and die.
After exposure to Salmonella, typhoid fever, virus or contaminated food or water from a sewage plant spillage, an infected person can claim compensation, provided their accident happened within the last 3 years and was due to somebody else’s negligence.
Making a personal injury claim with an accident solicitor in Cramlington
An accident solicitor in Cramlington will need all the names and contact details of the people involved in your accident and also needs to see evidence of your medical diagnosis and treatment you received in hospital or through a GP. If you suffered any loss of earnings during recovery, your accident solicitor in Cramlington can add this into the final figure for your compensation claim. Your specialist solicitor may arrange for an additional medical assessment to support your claim.
If you can’t find an accident solicitor in Cramlington offering no win no fee* services, try Accident Advice Helpline. You can call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, where a friendly advisor can assign an accident solicitor in Cramlington or other no win no fee* specialist solicitor to your case.
Since most claimants’ cases are straightforward and can be dealt with over the telephone or be handled online, an accident solicitor can actually be based anywhere in the UK.
Date Published: 17th July 2013