Exposure to Chemicals at Work or Faulty Chemicals in the Home Can Cause Injuries and Illnesses
Every day millions of workers are exposed to hundreds of chemicals and other substances
in the workplace. In some instances a small proportion of these chemicals are dangerous
and are known to cause health problems some of which could be short lived and some
Chemical Poisoning Claims
It is your employer's duty to keep you safe at all times during your working day
and you should be provided with appropriate systems of working to ensure that you are not
put at risk. If, however, your employer fails to do so and you suffer symptoms of chemical poisoning
then you could make a claim on their Employer's
Liability Insurance for your injuries. Talk to our Industrial Disease Experts who
will give you an honest, no obligation opinion on whether you have a potential claim
Symptoms of chemical poisoning inhalation:
When a harmful substance is inhaled it can cause symptoms eg:
- breathing difficulties
- sickness, or
In other cases the damage may be more long lasting and can cause, eg
Occupational Asthma or
Asbestosis. Contact with harmful chemicals can occasionally cause neurological
damage or harm to the central nervous system.
Direct contact with chemicals
Certain occupations mean you could come into direct physical contact
with some chemicals or substances which can cause skin irritation
or even occupational dermatitis.
Rarely an individual may be exposed to harmful bacteria or biological material
and this too can give rise to a claim.
Who is affected by chemical poisons?
It is not always those who work in heavy industry occupations who are affected,
- a group of postal workers suffered occupational dermatitis due to contact with dirty
- in another case a defective air conditioning system caused wood dust to be circulated
in an office environment causing the secretarial staff to develop breathing difficulties
some of which were permanent
Chemical poisoning may also affect people who are not employees eg, there have been
instances of harm caused to people living near farmland where the
crops are intensively sprayed with chemicals.
Occasionally a chemical poisoning compensation claim can arise from a
defective product or batch of products that has not been properly manufactured,
Faulty shampoo causes chemical burns
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors has acted for a young victim who suffered nasty
chemical burns from a faulty shampoo product. We have also acted for a cleaner who
became ill after using a particular brand of spray detergent which was later found
to have exacerbated his pre-existing asthma.
Chemical poisoning compensation - Can I claim?
If you are an employee and suspect that you have been exposed to harmful chemicals
in the workplace you could well have a compensation claim against your employer
who is under a duty protect you from foreseeable harm and control
hazardous substances in an appropriate manner.
If you think you have a chemical poisoning compensation claim you should ensure
that any evidence is either photographed or otherwise preserved
(eg keep any product you suspect has caused you harm or photograph the label or
Make an enquiry
Call our chemical poisoning solicitors today on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or use our free, no
obligation, online enquiry form to register for a call back
to find out if you are entitled to compensation
due to chemical poisoning.