Chemical Poisoning
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott

Chemical poisoning compensation is important to claim if you have been affected by the chemicals that you work with. If your employer has allowed you to work in an unsafe environment and the poisoning could have been avoided, then our expert solicitors can help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

What is chemical poisoning?

Chemical poisoning is when an individual is exposed to a substance that can seriously damage their health or endanger their life. Most cases of poisoning happen in the home, but chemical poisonings in the workplace is also possible. While hazardous substances should always be kept at a safe distance from workers, sometimes a lapse in duty of care can occur, meaning that employers have failed to fulfil their legal duty in regard to health and safety regulations. Some of the symptoms and signs of chemical poisoning include:

  • Being sick
  • Respiratory problems
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness and fainting fits
  • Stomach pains
  • Breathing difficulties

Poisons can be swallowed, absorbed through the skin, injected, inhaled or splashed into the eyes.

A number of hazardous substances could cause chemical poisoning, including:

  • Biological agents (bacteria and viruses)
  • Fumes, dusts, vapours and mists
  • Industrial gases, particularly asphyxiating gases
  • Products that have chemicals included inside them

If you have suffered chemical poisoning at work, then you should always make a claim for compensation. Suffering from chemical poisoning can be very distressing, and you should get the support that you need.

In more serious cases, chemical poisoning can lead to:

  • Occupational dermatitis
  • Occupational asthma
  • Lung cancer
  • Nasal cancer
  • Legionnaires Disease

You may also suffer from chemical burns that are related, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Read more on our industrial disease solicitors page

Employer’s Duty of Care

In any working environment, your employer is legally required to protect you from any hazards that you may encounter in your job, including chemicals and fumes. As an employer, the legal duty of care includes:

  • Making sure that workers and other who may enter the business are protected from anything that has the potential to cause harm. This may include adequate safety equipment for the control of substances hazardous to health.
  • Carrying out risk assessments in the workplace that address all of the possible risks that could be present.
  • Giving employees information about the possible risks in their workplace and how they are protected from them – instruction and training on how to deal with the risks should also be provided.
  • Consulting employees on health and safety issues. This consultation must either be direct or through a safety representative that has either been elected by the workforce or by a trade union.

Here at AWH, our industrial disease and personal injury teams are authorised and regulated by the solicitor’s regulation authority. We offer support for cases on a no win no fee basis, so you can be assured that you won’t lose money when you go through the claims process with us. If you have been exposed to a dangerous chemical product and are suffering from the consequences, then we can likely help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

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