Why make a chemical injury claim?
We know that chemical injuries can be extremely painful. In some severe cases they can even have life-changing consequences such as disability, disfigurement or death.
No matter how serious, any chemical injury can stop you from being able to continue with your everyday life while recovering.
The compensation you could receive could help to cover the costs of your injury while you're recovering and into your future. This includes any time you've had to take off work, any medical treatment you've had to pay for, and any other additional costs which your injury may have caused including care, transport and accommodation.
For more information or to find out whether you're eligible to make a claim, you can get in touch with our friendly, legally trained advisors on . Your call will be completely free and confidential, and there's never any obligation to make a claim.
What is a chemical injury?
A chemical injury is usually caused when an irritant comes into contact with the skin or the eyes. This can cause chemical burns, conditions such as dermatitis or eye injuries with long term affects such as partial or complete loss of sight.
If chemicals are swallowed, then this can cause internal injuries with serious or potentially fatal consequences.
Chemical injuries are not always obvious, and sometimes it may be a while before you see any symptoms. This means that your treatment may be delayed, which can make the effects more severe and can cause a longer recovery time.
The severity of a chemical injury can vary from person to person, as people react in different ways to chemicals.
If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, then you could claim compensation to cover the impact your injury has had on your life and your family.
Did your chemical injury happen at work?
Chemical injuries often happen in the workplace because many of the chemicals widely used in industrial environments can have harmful side effects, especially if the correct safety regulations haven't been followed.
Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe from dangerous substances while you're at work. If they've failed to follow safety regulations, then they've put you at risk and you could make a claim.
Chemicals can be found in a huge number of different industries and workplaces, which means there's no typical workplace chemical injury.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, provides guidance to employers on managing all types of dangerous substances in the workplace. This includes:
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Providing staff with the proper training
- Providing safety equipment to protect against injuries
- Storing substances properly and safely
- Regular cleaning
If your employer has failed to uphold their duty of care and you've been injured as a result, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim.
Claiming against an employer
We know that many people feel worried about making a work accident claim because they think they'll be treated differently by their employer.
It's against the law for your employer to dismiss you or treat you any differently because of your claim. If you were dismissed due to your claim, then this would be considered unfair dismissal and you would be able to take legal action.
You may also be worried that making a claim will leave your employer with financial difficulties. Every employer has to take out employer's liability insurance, so any compensation will be paid by their insurance company, not by them personally.
Importantly, making a work accident claim can often highlight safety issues in the workplace, so that injuries like yours are avoided in the future.
Starting a chemical injury claim
To start a chemical injury claim you can get in touch with us for free on . Or if you'd prefer us to call you back, you can fill in our simple online form and we'll get back to you, usually within about 30 minutes during our normal opening hours.
Your call will be taken by one of our legally trained advisors. All of our advisors go through an intensive training process so that they have the knowledge necessary to be able to let you know whether they think you have a claim.
During the call, we'll ask you some questions about your accident and injury. We realise that you may feel nervous or uncomfortable speaking about your experience, but we'll put you at ease - our main aim is to help you and provide you with free, confidential advice.
We'll never ask any questions which aren't necessary for finding out whether you have a claim, and we'll never push you into answering if you're unsure or uncomfortable talking about it.
You've been through enough, which is why we aim to make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible. If we think you have a claim and you give us your permission to continue, then we'll select a specialist solicitor to suit your case and can put you in touch with them, usually on the same call.
Rebecca Sear, from Mid Glamorgan, received £1,500 after suffering chemical burns
I'd rate the service I received as 5/5 and recommend the process to someone who suffered a similar experience
No win no fee
All of our specialist solicitors will be able to help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis. Quite simply, this means that if for any reason your case isn't successful, then you won't be charged.
Our no win no fee agreement takes the financial risk out of making a claim so that you have one less thing to worry about. There are some rare cases where we're unable to offer a no win no fee agreement. But if this applies to you, your solicitor will let you know before you start your claim or are charged.
You can get in touch with our advisors on to find out whether you have a claim, or fill in one of our forms to request a call back.