The village of Leadenham is located in Lincolnshire, just 11 miles north of Grantham. There don’t appear to be any solicitors in Leadenham, just the usual small village amenities including things like a post office, a primary school, a pub, and an Anglican church called Saint Swithin’s.
The legend of St Swithin’s day
As most people already know, it is said of Saint Swithin’s day (which falls on the 15th July every year), that if it rains on that day, it will then rain for the next 40 consecutive days as forecast in the following poem:
St Swithin’s day if it dost rain,
for forty days it will remain,
St Swithins day if thou be fair,
for forty days ’twill rain na mair.
The original of the village name “Leadenham”
The name of the village, “Leadenham”, appears to have nothing to do with the metal, Lead, but instead is said to have come from the village’s Anglo-Saxon heritage; Leodo being a man’s name, and “ham” meaning homestead. Perhaps it’s just as well. Lead is a tricky metal, and lead poisoning can have serious, even fatal, consequences; not something any particular village would want to be associated with.
Lead poisoning in the workplace
Lead poisoning in the workplace is a serious issue. The sort of processes it is associated with include:
- The burning and stripping off of old lead paint.
- The recovery of scrap and waste metal.
- Working with lead products, as in solder.
- Lead processing such as smelting.
- Making and working with leaded glass.
Lead poisoning symptoms
Lead poisoning can be rather insidious as many workers do not show any outward signs until the poisoning significantly progresses. Early signs (when they do appear in some people) include:
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Sudden irritability
The later symptoms of advanced lead poisoning include:
- Kidney disease
- Problems with memory (short term in particular)
- Feelings of nausea
- Weight loss
- Weakness in the wrists and/or ankles
Dealing with solicitors in Leadenham at AAH
Lead poisoning in the workplace is something that we the solicitors in Leadenham at Accident Advice Helpline have had to deal with on several occasions in the past, among the many thousands of successful personal injury claims we have assisted victims with.
In order for any workplace claim for compensation to be considered valid, it must conform to certain criteria:
- The blame for the injury or illness must be attributable to your employer
- The injury or illness must have been sustained in the last 3 years
- The injury of illness must be serious or have serious consequences
- Medical proof of the injury or condition will need to be provided.
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Date Published: 7th April 2014
Author: David Brown