Why make a chemical injury claim?
If you've suffered a chemical injury, we know that this may affect your ability to work. It might even mean you struggle to complete simple, everyday tasks.
By making a chemical injury compensation claim, you could recover the costs of the treatment you've received, as well as any earnings you've lost because you had to take time off work.
It's also important to remember that, by making a chemical injury claim, you may draw attention to any chemical hazard that still exists in your workplace. This could prevent others from sustaining a similar injury.
Claiming is risk free because our claims can be handled on a no win no fee basis. If your claim is an exception to our no win no fee agreement, then this will be explained to you from the start.
What is a chemical injury?
Many of the chemicals widely used in industry can have side effects for those who work with them. The severity of any injury usually depends on the extent of the exposure to the chemical, as well as the toxicity of the chemical itself.
For example, we know that some injuries are the result of long-term exposure to a chemical at a low level. If this is the case with your injury, we realise that the onset of your symptoms may have been gradual. As a result, your chemical injury may be difficult to detect and diagnose.
Another complicating factor is that some employees, working with the same substances in the same conditions, can be more affected than others. This is because some people are more susceptible than others to the harmful effects of chemicals. This increases their likelihood of gaining allergies and other symptoms from chemical exposure.
An employer's duty of care
Some working environments require chemicals to be used which are highly corrosive or toxic. Often, these chemicals are dangerous enough that they may cause an injury to anyone who is exposed to them without proper protective equipment or training.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees when it comes to safeguarding against the effects of chemical exposure. They must do a proper risk assessment of the work to be carried out and, if any chemical risks are identified, they must take steps to avoid those risks.
Employers should make themselves familiar with any potential causes of chemical injury and any side effects associated with using the chemicals present in their workplaces or processes.
For handling or working with chemicals, this may involve restricting the length of contact, the provision of masks, gloves, and other protective clothing.
If any employee has a known susceptibility to a particular chemical, and the employer is made aware of this, the employer must make special provision to ensure that the employee is safe from the risk of chemical injury.
If you've been affected by the chemicals in your workplace, and you feel your employer could have done more to prevent your injury, you may be able to make a chemical injury compensation claim.
The effects of chemical injury
Exposure to certain toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and zinc, can have an effect on all of the body’s organs. They can also be slow to disseminate from the body, meaning that simply removing yourself from the source of the chemicals may not result in the chemical injury being cured straight away.
Different types of chemical will lead to different types of chemical injury. For example, pre-1960, lead was often used in paint and, as a result, steel manufacturers and plumbers were affected by lead poisoning as a result of being exposed to tiny amounts of lead on a daily basis.
If you've been affected by chemical poisoning, you may have experienced symptoms such as:
- Abnormal heart beat
- Shortness of breath
If you've come into direct contact with a toxic chemical, you may have suffered a chemical burn. As with other types of chemical injury, if you feel your injury happened because someone put you at risk, you might be able to make a compensation claim. You can speak to us about the cause of your injury and your claim on for free today.
If you have suffered a chemical injury and it was, at least partly, someone else's fault, you can contact us online or by phone to get some independent advice about your chemical injury claim.
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