Many people use hazardous chemicals as part of their job. In the majority of cases, the handling of these chemicals is done in a manner safe for all those in the workplace. Unfortunately these procedures are not always followed correctly and accidents can occur. If you have suffered harm as a result of using chemicals in the workplace then you could make a chemical injury claim through Ashley Ainsworth. We have extensive history and experience in dealing with claims after chemical accidents.
Why not contact us and learn more about how we can help you claim compensation for your chemical injuries.
Many chemicals are hazardous if not used correctly. Such chemicals include:
This list is not exhaustive as many many substances have negative effects on people if used in the wrong way or in the wrong quantities. Many of these substances are commonly used, either on their own or as part of more popular products such as cleaning products.
Employers are required by law to perform risk assessments on the use of any potentially hazardous chemical. They are also required to train staff on its safe use and provide protective equipment such as masks and gloves if necessary. If they have not and you have suffered as a result, then you may be able to make a chemical injury claim.
The damage these chemicals can cause
Chemical injury can be sustained in two different ways depending on the substance involved. This can be either by direct contact with the chemical on the skin, or by inhalation of the chemical or its fumes. In both instances injury could be caused by a one off exposure or by regular repeated exposure at a low level.
Chemical injuries vary greatly and can include; chemical burns, chemical poisoning, dermatitis, asthma, infertility, organ damage and brain damage.
Obviously the injuries sustained depend on the chemical involved. For example, repeated exposure to colophony can cause asthma.
Again symptoms range wildly from nausea, headaches, breathing problems and burns, to organ failure and even death.
Medical advice should always be sought if exposure to any hazardous chemical is suspected.
Claims for compensation
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, are laws in the UK that should ensure that correct storage, labelling and safe use of dangerous chemicals are performed at all times. If you have been injured by chemicals then it is likely that these laws have been broken and you can make a chemical injury claim.
Call 08000 93 33 93 or contact us now and talk to one of our team about your situation.
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with chemical injury claims. We can provide you with a top UK solicitor who specialises in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the maximum amount of compensation.
Read some examples of successful accident at work compensation claims at Ashley Ainsworth here.