What does chemical injury mean?
Chemical injuries are usually caused when an irritant comes into contact with the skin or eyes, causing chemical burns, skin conditions or eye injuries that can be potentially long-term.
They can also occur if a chemical has been swallowed, meaning the injury is internal, which could cause serious or fatal consequences.
A chemical injury is not always obvious and in some cases, symptoms may take time to appear. Due to this, your treatment can be delayed and the effects of the injury can become more severe causing a longer recovery period.
Each person will react to a chemical differently and therefore, the severity of a chemical injury will differ depending upon the person.
In the less severe cases, you may suffer short term burns or irritations if your skin has come into contact with a chemical, however, more severe cases, for example, if you have swallowed a chemical, may lead to damage to your nervous system and internal organs meaning you will suffer life-changing consequences.
An injury can have lasting effects on your life and impact on your loved one’s lives as well. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence then you could be entitled to make a claim to cover the pain and suffering you and your loved ones are facing.
I suffered a chemical injury at work
Chemical injuries are common within workplaces due to the handling of potentially harmful liquids and gases, especially in industrial environments. You and your colleagues will also face a greater risk if your employer has failed to follow the correct safety regulations.
Some workplaces will carry greater risks than others but legally, all employers owe their employees a duty of care to ensure their safety. Examples of the duty of care your employer owes you, as set out in The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 include:
- Providing proper training
- Providing the correct protective equipment
- Carrying out regular risk assessments
- Storing potentially harmful substances safely and properly
- Regular maintenance of handling and storage areas, such as cleaning
There are many different types of chemicals used in many different industries meaning there are no set characteristics of a chemical injury, however, we have given a few examples below of industries that are commonly known to lead to chemical injuries:
This type of work often involves the use of pesticides and fertilisers on a daily basis. You may also be at risk due to inhaling fumes from the exhausts of farming machinery.
Manufacturing or Engineering
Workers can be exposed to fumes from welding and soldering leading to respiratory conditions or due to the use of harmful substances such as paints and adhesives could harm their skin or eyes.
Many industries use industrial cleaning products and same as all harsh chemicals they should come with warning labels and guides on how to use the product, however, these corrosive cleaning products can often lead to severe burns, skin allergies and asthma.
Whatever industry you work in, if you have suffered a chemical injury due to your employer failing to maintain their duty of care then you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Why should I make a chemical injury claim?
To suffer a chemical injury can be very painful and in some cases, can have severe consequences causing life-changing effects such as disability or disfigurement. Chemical injuries can even be fatal.
Regardless of how serious your chemical injury was it would still have had an impact on your day-to-day life, even if just for a short while.
Making a claim for compensation could go toward helping you cover the cost of your injury during your recovery and also help towards your future.
If you decide to make a claim our solicitors will look to cover all aspects of your life that have been affected including the time taken off work, career prospects, medical costs, care costs, mental well-being and any other additional costs you have incurred due to your accident and injury.
If you would like to find out more about how compensation could help you then contact our legally trained team today on 08000 250 250. All our calls are free, confidential and under no-obligation, we can tell you in minutes if you have a claim with us and give you tailored advice to best suit your situation.
Would my compensation have to be paid by my employer?
In short no, however, we do get asked this as a common concern.
It is actually illegal for an employer to terminate an employment contract with an employee, or even discipline an employee if they have been injured at work and process a personal compensation claim against them. However, unlikely, if you do lose your job as a result of processing a personal compensation claim then you’ll have a legal right to take action against your employer.
Also, the further benefit of making a personal compensation claim means any safety issues become highlighted meaning your employer can take action in order to prevent injuries like your from happening.
I want to claim for my chemical injury, what do I do?
Starting your personal compensation claim today couldn’t be easier, contact our legal advice team, we will be able to guide you further on the process, answer any questions you may have and assess your claim. All of our calls are free and confidential with no-obligation.
No pressure will ever be put on you to make a claim but if you do decide you want to proceed with our services we can get your claim set up today and with our experienced specialist solicitors, who have a proven success rate, you can have peace of mind you claim is in the right hands.
We will tell you if we can work on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis so you don’t need to worry about any more financial stress whilst recovering.
Get in touch today, we can get your claim up and running in one quick and easy phone call, or you can fill your details in our online form and we’ll call you.