Chemical Burns Claims at Work
Chemical burns are one of the most common hazards present in workplaces. Products containing caustic or corrosive chemicals are routinely used in industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, cleaning and beauty. If the products are not handled safely, they have the potential to cause extensive tissue damage and severe pain.
If you or a loved one has sustained chemical burns in the workplace, then you may be eligible to bring a claim for compensation. To be successful, you would have to show that your employer failed to follow the appropriate health and safety procedure.
What are chemical burns claims?
A chemical burn occurs when your skin or eyes comes into contact with a hazardous substance that has the ability to irritate the skin. You are likely to feel pain, burning or numbness in the affected area, or a loss of vision if chemicals have come into contact with your eyes. Swallowing chemicals can also cause chemical burns, usually to the inside of your stomach.
Toxic gases, such as those caused by a chemical spillage, are also covered in chemical burns claims. When inhaled, toxic fumes can cause burns to the sinus, throat and respiratory system.
If this happens in the workplace, then you may be able to claim compensation from your employer. The claim turns on whether the employer breached their legal duty towards you.
Is the employer liable for chemical burns claims?
Every employer has a responsibility to provide safe working conditions. If it is part of your job to work with chemicals, then your employer must take extra safety precautions, such as:
- Storing chemicals in a locked facility
- Strictly controlling access to dangerous chemicals
- Providing appropriate splatter guards for those working with fluids
- Providing workers with the proper protective equipment such as heat resistant clothing, aprons, gloves, face masks and breathing apparatus
- Providing a safe working environment such as displaying the appropriate warning stickers, ventilating the work area, and immediately cleaning up any escapes or spills
- Training staff on the proper handling and use of chemicals
- Providing access to first aid facilities such as eye washing, burn cream and bandages.
Many of these obligations are contained in health and safety legislation such as The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). If your employer failed to follow health and safety legislation, or did not take reasonable steps to keep you safe, then they may be found negligent and liable to pay compensation for your injuries.
How much compensation do chemical burns claims get?
The amount of compensation will depend on a number of elements such as the location of your injuries, their severity and their permanency. Factors such as your age, gender and health before the injury may also be taken into account. For example, a young person may be entitled to more damages than an older person since they will have to live with their injuries for longer.
Expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries can also be recovered. This can include medical expenses, therapy such as counselling, travel expenses and the cost of specialist equipment. If you have to take time off work as a result of your injuries, then your claim will include an amount for the wages you have lost, both now and in the future.
It is also possible to claim for the psychological trauma caused by a chemical burn. The trauma must be certified by a qualified psychologist but generally, the Courts accept that burn injuries carry a strong psychological component, especially if your appearance has changed.
Contact the chemical burns claims experts
Our chemical burns claims solicitors specialise in claims involving harmful chemical exposure in the workplace. We can help you achieve compensation for your injuries including pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical treatment and rehabilitation.
If you would like advice about No Win, No Fee chemical burns claims, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our specialist advisors. You can fill out our contact form or call us on to go through your claim with a member of our team.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
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